Chapo Ba: Emerante de Pradines

Written by Kat in Culture on October 23, 2011 with 3 Comments

If the Beaubrun family is the first family of entertainment television, then the de Pradines are their predecessors. Emerante de Pradines, the daughter of the legendary Haitian entertainer Auguste de Pradines (better known as Ti Candio), was born in 1928, and under the tutelage of Lina Mathon-Blanchet and René Bélance, two of the most quality dance enthusiasts of their day, Emerante developed what was to be her trademark: a penchant for Haitian folkloric dancing with European and African influences.

After earning a scholarship to study dance in New York in the late 40s, she returned to Haiti, later becoming an integral part of Nationale d’Art Dramatique, an association of stage actors in Haiti. She was later named director of the Troupe folklorique nationale (National Folklore Troupe), and was one of the primary forces in the movement to foster Haitian culture in the country’s theaters. She was equally involved with the Société Nationale d’Art Dramatique, Haiti’s dramatic arts association, as an active member and actress.

She married Robert McGee Morse in (Morse died in 2001), an American she had met while studying anthropology at Columbia University. Later their son Richard resumed the de Pradines cultural legacy, fronting the band RAM with his wife Lunise. Today, de Pradines is known as a national treasure, having released several albums that propagated the greatness of Haiti’s rich culture all over the world.

Written by Kat

Kreyolicious (Kat) is the Editor and Founder of, well, Kreyolicious.com and wishes to give you a heartfelt welcome to her site. She loves to read, write, and listen to music and is fascinated by her Haitian roots, and all aspects of her culture. Speaking of music, she likes it loud, really, really loud. Like bicuspid valve raising-loud. Her other love are the movies. She was once a Top 50 finalist for a student screenwriting competition, encouraging her to continue pounding the pavement.

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