Mourning the Loss of a Great Artist

Dear friends, 

It is with great sadness that we learned about the sudden passing of Michael Benjamin aka Mikaben. This great artist collapsed on October 15th, 2022 after a performance in Paris and was pronounced dead shortly after.  

We would like to express our condolences to Mikaben’s family, his fellow artists, and his millions of fans around the world, particularly those whom he recently charmed in Michigan. 

Mikaben was the featured artist for the 2022 Bèl Bagay Lakay Festival. He wowed us during his performance and warmed many hearts with his nostalgic song “Ayiti Se”. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to shower him with some Michigan love. 

Please click on the link below to relive some of the special memories Mikaben helped create during the 2022 festival. 

(Video collage curtesy of Bill and Valerie McNeece) 

The HNGD Board 
Shirley Alcé, President 
Margareth Corkery, Vice President 
Janny Magloire Milton, Treasurer
Alain Desvallons-Mentor, Secretary 

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