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Paying tribute to a lost loved one can weigh heavily on our hearts. But Kendall resident Yanatha Desouvre has made it his mission to help the world know and remember his guitarist uncle and godfather, Daniel Coulanges, who died in 1989 at 28 of HIV/AIDS complications.
“Imagine the musicians Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, or Amy Winehouse, who all died at a very young age, had some rare unheard creative works that were never shared with the world. What would you do to get that music to the world?” Desouvre said in email.
He last saw his godfather 27 years ago when Desouvre was an 11-year-old boy. Coulanges, was a classical Haitian guitarist, “like his award-winning, world-renowned accomplished older brother Amos Coulanges.” Another uncle in the musical family, Nito Coulanges, was in the Haitian gospel band, Echo Mysteriuex.
Desouvre discovered his late godfather’s music through its remarkable journey to him.
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On a stage in Staten Island almost 30 years ago, a host grabbed the mike and announced the next performer, a Haitian classical guitarist.
"One of the world's finest guitarists, Daniel Coulanges," he said. "Please welcome Mr. Coulanges."
Wearing a charcoal-gray suit and a black bow tie, Coulanges took a seat on a black piano bench against a backdrop of verdant treetops. Without further ado, he moved his fingers up and down the neck of his guitar, strumming out the chords of "Killing Me Softly."
Coulanges died of AIDS shortly after the performance, in 1989. His godson and nephew Yanatha Desouvre says he wept when he saw footage of the Staten Island performance for the first time earlier this year. Now, Desouvre, a Kendall resident who works in IT at the University of Miami, is raising money to have the audio remastered and released to honor his uncle's legacy and encourage people to get tested for HIV.
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DESOUVRE’S NOVEL TAKES READERS ON A DANGEROUS QUEST
Desouvre captures the complexity of the human spirit in this fictional, yet realistic culturally relevant mystery
MIAMI, FL – SATURDAY, APRIL 16th
Everyone is invited to this virtual book launch party on Facebook and celebrate with Yanatha Desouvre on his birthday April 16th, 2016 the release of his long awaited debut novel "To Whom Much is Given - A Grayson Goodman Novel" Goodman Chronicles Book One.
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“Engaging and impossible to put down”, To Whom Much is Given, is Yanatha Desouvre's debut novel which readers have described as “James Bond meets Luther; with a dash of Marvel’s X-Men and Mission Impossible sprinkled with Haitian hot sauce.” Among action packed cliff hangers, Desouvre captures the complexity of the human spirit in this fictional, yet realistic culturally relevant mystery brimming in believable and intentionally broken characters, leaving you wondering what is next for this witty and courageous crew.
Childhood friends Grayson and Amara, along with Dominique, Amara's closest friend join together on a dangerous pursuit to rescue Amara's nephew Jason. Little do they know where this quest will take them and how dangerous are the forces behind this kidnapping. The darkness of the past haunts these brave friends as they embark on this journey. Will they be able to save Jason in time?
Yanatha Desouvre, a prolific author, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia, P.A. Desouvre has written nine books, titled, “Walk Through this Journey: Volume One and Two (The Next Step Forward); A Family Affair; Savor the Moments, An Essential Guide to Windows 10 and his best-selling children's book “Big Sister, Little Sister (also available in French, Spanish and Haitian Creole)” available now on amazon.com. Desouvre released “Walk Through this Journey: Volume One” and Savor the Moments as audiobooks, now available through iTunes and Google Play stores. Desouvre has also created several successful mobile apps for iOS and Android devices
Using over a year of pictures from their iPhones, Yanatha Desouvre and his wife, Amy, started compiling images of their two children partaking in different activities together. Desouvre would eventually bring them all together on his computer with the oldest daughter by his side.
Five-year-old Reanna would dictate the words to her father of what would become "Big Sister, Littler Sister," a collaboration between father and daughter.
LeBow alumnus authors best-selling book with four-year-old daughter.
The book has risen to the top of Amazon's Hot New Release list.
Yanatha Desouvre ’01, who studied MIS and marketing at LeBow, has co-authored a book with a very unlikely collaborator — his four-year-old daughter, Reanna.
The book, Big Sister, Little Sister, which chronicles the birth of little sister Danielle Nathalia, is among the top titles onAmazon’s Hot New Release list in Sibling Relationships — and topped out at number one last week.