He has written 40 books, including the first ever novel in créole (Dezafi, 1975), and many plays and volumes of poetry. He has also created a very substantial body of work as a painter, and has performed in numerous plays and films. Unlike many of his contemporaries who left Haiti during the dictatorial regime of the Duvaliers, Frankétienne has always remained in Port-au-Prince, where he founded and ran a school while continuing his literary activities, mixing French and créole and developing linguistic and dramatic forms that enabled him to criticise the regime without overt attacks that would have been punished. « Rapjazz, Journal d’un Paria » (1999) is a tortured hymn to Port-au-Prince, his « schizophonic » hometown, with all its chaos and contradictions, its beauty and violence, its sounds and smells, its people.
Mark Mulholland is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Glasgow, who has made numerous albums both solo and with bands including the Oul’ Bogwarriors, who were a loose collective of musicians living in Prague in the early ’90s, rock band Impure Thoughts and the Berlin-based country/folk group Two Dollar Bash, with whom he toured extensively around Europe and North America. After years of splitting his time between Berlin, Paris and other European cities, Mark moved to Haiti in 2010, where he has been working on youth music projects in a cultural centre in Port-au-Prince, as well as collaborating with established Haitian artists and continuing his musical activities in Europe during regular trips back there.