Breaking News Singer Manno Charlemagne Undergoes Difficult Brain Cancer Operation in Miami

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    Special report from Haiti Liberte

    On Mon., Jul. 31, renowned musician and former Port-au-Prince mayor Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne underwent a grueling operation to remove a large brain tumor, which had affected his speech, balance, and ability to walk.

    On Mon., Jul. 31, renowned musician and former Port-au-Prince mayor Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne underwent a grueling operation to remove a large brain tumor, which had affected his speech, balance, and ability to walk.

    The 10-hour operation, which took place at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, FL, successfully removed most of the tumor, but the singer will have to undergo chemo and radiation treatments to neutralize a small amount of tumor which could not be surgically removed because it was too close to a cerebral vein.

    The beloved singer, who became famous through his revolutionary songs over the course of three decades, has been visited and offered support by a continuous stream of activists, community leaders, journalists, hospital staff, family, and fans. Despite his trials, he remains in good spirits.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, he was scheduled to be transferred out of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). His doctor believes that pre-existing lung cancer, which had not been detected, spread to Manno’s brain.


    ABOUT MANNO CHARLEMAGNE

    Manno (Emmanuel) Charlemagne, born 1948, is a Haitian political folk singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist, lifelong political activist and former politician. He recorded his political chansons in both French and in Creole. He lived abroad in exile twice, both during the 1980s and again during the years 1991-1994, when the country was ruled by a military junta led by Raoul Cédras. In 1995, Charlemagne was elected mayor of Port-au-Prince after running as an independent candidate, while Oganizadyon Politik Lavalas (OPL), J.B. Aristide's political party at the time, did not present a mayoral candidate for Port-au-Prince, many considered this decision by OPL as a sign that Aristide had supported Manno's candidacy. He was mayor until 1999.


    Early Life
    Born in 1948, Charlemagne grew up in the sprawling new suburb of Carrefour, to the south of the capital, where he was influenced as much by the songs of the peasants who moved into the area in search of a livelihood, as by his Catholic school choir. Raised by his aunt, he did not know who is father was until he turned 37.[1]

    Political Activism and Career
    The Jean-Claude Duvalier regime renewed the repression of political and cultural dissent in 1980, and Charlemagne was forced into exile. With the fall of the Duvaliers in 1986, he returned home, and was active in both political organising and the burgeoning roots or racines music scene. He formed a live group, Koral Konbit Kafou, which included drummers from a Voudou temple, and played concerts that provided a soundtrack for the popular mobilisation for political change in the late 1980s. Some of these songs can be heard on "Nou Nan Male ak Oganizasyon Mondyal", Kako Productions, 1988.

    His support for the grassroots, popular movement frequently landed him in trouble with the Haitian military, and, after receiving death threats, he spent several years in semi-clandestinity. Charlemagne was a supporter of the Lavalas political movement of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide against whom the military launched a brutal coup d'état in September 1991. Charlemagne took refuge in the Argentine embassy and went into exile once again. During 1991-94, he played concerts in Miami, New York, and Montreal, where he rallied the expatriate Haitian communities in support of Haitian democracy. He released a recording, "La Fimen", Kako Productions, in 1994.

    Following the United Nations intervention to restore the constitutional government in September 1994, Charlemagne returned to Haiti. In June 1995 he was elected mayor of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, defeating the incumbent, Evans Paul, but his term of office, which expired in early 1999, was beset with difficulties and controversy, and is not regarded as a success. His administrative responsibilities overshadowed his musical career, and one of his few public performances during that time was with the Haitian-American rap group, The Fugees, in Port-au-Prince in April 1997.

    Music
    Charlemagne took up guitar and singing at the age of 16 and by 1968 formed a band named Les Remarquables. He later started a twoubadou band named Les Trouvères with Marco Jeanty.[1] In the 1970s, he was part of the kilti libete or freedom culture movement that promoted popular culture, including acoustic, folk music.

    As a singer, songwriter and political activist, Manno Charlemagne has been the vocal conscience of Haiti for over 30 years. A soulful yet brazen balladeer, he constantly challenged the status quo and used his acoustic guitar and tender baritone voice as weapons against brutal political regimes and the civilized indifference of the insulated upper-class. Charlemagne's writing drew on the twoubadou tradition, a guitar-based music that can trace its roots back both to the rural songs of the Haitian peasantry and to the Cuban influences brought back to Haiti by returning migrant sugar cane cutters in the early decades of the twentieth century.

    The CD Les Inedits de Manno Charlemagne in Creole language is some of his most profound and provocative work. They are songs that for years were only performed in intimate settings, among close friends, and in front of those who were unafraid of how incendiary they could be. For to have performed them in public during the 1970s or 80s would have risked a great deal—arrest, harassment, and beyond.

    With their cunning lyrics, they are the songs that the powers that be in Haiti did not want the Haitian people to hear. Intended to stir up resistance and bring about much-needed change in the country, they spoke the truth about corrupt governments and ruthless politicians, gave voice to the peasant class in Haiti, and captured the rawness and injustice of life in this country.

    Although they sound like love songs to the non-Creole speaker, they are songs of protest aimed at the tools of oppression. And it is their unique juxtaposition of thorny words poured over gentle melodies that makes them so hauntingly beautiful.

    Manno Charlemagne also appears in The Truth About Charlie, a movie by Jonathan Demme, one of his friends.


     
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    One of my favorite artist. I'm very lucky to have been part of this rare performance by Manno in NYC.
    I hope he has a full recovery so I can get to see him on stage again.

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    Quick recovery my friend. My prayers are with you...........(one of my favorite political artists)
    I interviewed both back in 1991 in NJ (Manno & Beethovas)
     
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    yonn nan pi gran yo nan mizik HAITIEN an
    speedy recovery
    nou chajé ak bagay pou aprann lan main'w

    nan histwa mizik HAITIENN se sel MANNO CHARLEMAGE mw pè, li konn anpil anpil parol
     
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    I learned a lot from that short documentary...

    Makak
     
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    MANNO CHARLEMAGNE ap palé de maladi poumon an

     
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    Years ago, at the NY Public Library in Harlem, I was part of an intimate sit down with Manno. He went over his Lung condition, possibly due to years of smoking. He was about to travel to Montreal to see his Doctor. Then, his brain cancer diagnosis had not occurred. Amphizema was an easy fight, relative to this monster.

    Mt Sinai is a great facility. That is where my kids' doctor practice, and I have visited with a specialist there as well.Manno is in good hands and Isend good vibes his way during my meditations.
     
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    thanks for the updates
    mezanmi
    KERTT
    lavi pa fasil
     
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    Get well soon Manno. Mwen sonjew lè ou t kon ap jwé bay serenade anba pyé zanman nan nan carrefour.
     
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    Lung cancer spread to the brain, hmmm, recovery??????
     
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    FL, you know something that we don't? Who said that Manno had metastatic lung cancer? I know that the artist/activist/former politician had amphizema because he stated that. He never stated and I have heard nowhere that he had lung cancer. For what we know, the brain cancer diagnosis is unrelated to his lung condition. As an admin, I want to make that clear!
     
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    Makak statement said so :
    "As of Tuesday afternoon, he was scheduled to be transferred out of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). His doctor believes that pre-existing lung cancer, which had not been detected, spread to Manno’s brain"
    From your response, I can tell that u do not know much about cancer/lung cancer, I will recommend you do some research about emphysema/COPD/lung cancer, we are here to educate one another, not to stretch our muscles to show who knows more or who is more savvy. This is sad as it is, sad for him, his family and friends, I will no longer participate in this discussion......
     
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    I see that you you have taken my statement the wrong way. Obviously, I overlooked the part that you just quoted, but my statement was out of an abundance of caution and not an attempt at stretching my muscles to show how much I know. I stated what I know for a fact, not knowing that Manno's situation had evolved and exacerbated. That is why I asked if you knew something that we did not. You just proved that you did know something that I did not.

    Whether you continue to participate is entirely up to you. Outside of my role as a poster, I am entrusted to protect this outlet, which means that in subjects that are of a serious nature, I must make sure that we are accurate about the nature and veracity of the information that circulates here. If I am not sure, I ought to ask. I hope you continue doing what you do here, but no one can force you to do it. Fair enough?
     
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    Cigarettes are terrible.
     

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