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Guylene Solon: Kora Love #Art4Change

I’m done with Uni for the summer (as you might have guessed by my silence – sowwy). My next project is volunteering in Haiti this summer! It started as a UAL ACS initiative and I’ve pushed it forward with the hashtag #Art4ChangeHaiti… Here’s a video I made interviewing my friend and creative artist Guylene Solon…

When Guylene Solon turned up at my door step a couple of days ago with more than just a suitcase, I knew this would be an opportunity to utilise her talent (of which she has many) in collaboration with #Art4ChangeHaiti. Seeing her Kora (an African harp) carefully unpacked from its durable casing (where Guylene travels, so does her Kora), and standing just as tall and elegantly as its Haitian-American owner, I watch in awe Guylene tune her instrument, like her, of African roots… It didn’t take long before we were out on my terrace filming a short video interview. Thankfully the British weather held up (just about!)

I first met Guylene in LA when we shared a car-pool together from LA to San Diego for “Brazil Day” in 2011. It was she who recommended a contact in Haiti when I wanted to volunteer 2 years ago (check out my experience search “Haiti”). Now to host her for a few days in London before she starts a new chapter of her life in Puglia, Italy teaching arts – is fates way of congratulating me for keeping the connection alive!

Find out more about Guylene Solon and her art and the

Video interview filmed and edited by Kai Lutterodt. Please support #Art4ChangeHaiti by donating clothing (3-13 years), arts materials or our fundraiser at

p.s – I passed 2nd year!… This time next year I’ll be done with uni! Bring on Final Year!

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