Nichana Miller/Staff Writer
A night full of Haitian music, culture and dancing at this year’s Kompa Night is coming to the Biscayne Bay Campus.
Named after a popular Haitian music genre and dance, Kompa Night is an annual dance event where all students can partake in dancing and learn more about Haitian pride and culture.
The event was organized by the Haitian Student Association and the Student Programming Council.
The students that came up with the idea to have this event wanted it to be a way for FIU students to appreciate the Haitian culture.
There will be at least three Kompa workshops before the actual event where FIU students can learn the dance and get ready for the Kompa Night. They will also learn more about Haitian artists and influencers.
The instructors at this year’s workshops are Ruth, Joseph, John D and Wikotr. They are all great Haitian dancers that work around South Florida.
Kompa night will have a guest appearance by Mikaben, a famous Haitian artist, and it will be hosted by a famous Haitain comedian, Chelo Chelo. Dj MannyMix will also be at the event.
HSA has been a club at the FIU BBC campus since 2015 and it has been hosting Kompa Night for a few years. When asked how hosting such an event makes the student organizers feel, Nedjina Dol, President of HSA, said, “this event makes us appreciate the Haitian culture more.”
“Come in and get a feel of the Haitian pride,” said Dol to encourage FIU students to attend the event.
Kompa Night will take place in the FIU BBC Ballrooms on February 1st at 8 p.m. and the event will last until 12 a.m. Various workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 28 in the Panther Square at the BBC campus.
Kompa night is free for FIU students, however, students from other schools will be charged $5. Other members of the community will have to pay $10 for the event. The workshops are free and open to the public.