“Your Port-au-Princess”

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March 19, 2017 – Shasha Dubuisson, known to her listeners as DJ Shasha, dances along to her radio show on Big City 101.3FM in Boston on Sunday. The “Sak Ap Fèt Show,” whose name is based on a common Haitian Creole greeting, features mostly Haitian music. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 19, 2017 – Shasha Dubuisson, waits to enter the studios of Big City 101.3FM in Boston ahead of her weekly show on Sunday. The station is not advertised on the street, because like many Caribbean radio stations in the city, it operates without a license from the Federal Communications Commission. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 19, 2017 – Shasha Dubuisson (DJ Shasha) mixes music on a digital turntable during her weekly “Sak Ap Fèt Show” on Big City 101.3 in Boston on Sunday. The station plays mostly Jamaican and Trinidadian music – “I’m the only Haitian DJ in this place,” said Dubuisson. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 12, 2017 – Shasha Dubuisson greets her audience during her weekly “Sak Ap Fèt Show” on Big City 101.3 in Boston on Sunday. Her standard opening line is “It’s your Port-au-Princess DJ Shasha.” Besides featuring Haitian music, Dubuisson tells stories about growing up Haitian-American, encouraging listeners to call in and share as well. Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 19, 2017 – Shasha Dubuisson is the host of a Haitian music program on Big City 101.3 in Boston, but during the week she works as a translator for the Social Security Administration. Dubuisson says that those two occupations are connected; she likes to translate the lyrics on air so that her non-Haitian listeners can understand the songs. Photo by Ian Coss.
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