KLASS’ New Album Release More Anticipated Than the Next Government of Haiti!

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Without a doubt, KLASS is the band currently reigning the Haitian Music Industry’s “best band” realm. With less than 5 years under their belt, KLASS simply took the industry in a chock-hold and refuses to let go.  If their two last singles say anything remotely of what’s to come on their upcoming album; every other band waiting in line to solidify that number one slot may want to start CALLING “HOUSTON” CAUSE THERE’S A PROBLEM AND IT’S CALLED KLASS. The last time the industry saw something like this… it was a band name CaRiMi.

 

Don’t get it twisted though; KLASS have some of the most seasoned musicians the industry has to offer with close to 100 years’ worth of experience between them. With that much experience and knowledge, there’s no way they could have failed and not to mention the extra media boost. Seems like Richie is the maestro orchestrating all of this. (marketing wise) This article is really about the two new singles I promise but heck I have a few points to make first!

 

With all of KLASS’ success, why haven’t they focused or even marketed themselves to a larger audience? If you have an ear for music you might have noticed KLASS thus far, has maintained the essentials of Compas Direct while adding a modern twist. Tabou Combo has used the same concept only as they grew so did their audience. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

 

NOW ABOUT THE TWO NEW SINGLES

Map Marye

SUBJECT: Let’s be honest here; this song has been sung over and over again but what made this time around different? They kept the subject but approached it from a new angle. Not every day you hear a Haitian man stand up to his mother and even goes as far as challenging her respectfully of course. This song actually won me over because the message is so strong. A lot of relationships end prematurely simply because of family and or friends interference. Any man who stands up to his mother respectfully while protesting his love for me is a winner in my book and so in this song! LADIES, NAP KONTINYE KITE PIPO PALE AVE YO POU NOU? NON?

 

MUSIC: I can see Richie inspired the text of this song (wink) and Pipo delivered vocally, as always. Some songs need the extra keyboard and guitar long and redundant solos all throughout the song because of the weak subject matter but what I liked about this song was the fact that the message was delivered first and remained its focus. I’m a lyrics/subject first then musical arrangement after, type of person and this song pleased me a lot.

 

HIT POTENTIAL: Out of a possible 10 I give this song a solid 9 and keep in mind I’m a tough critic.

 

FINAL ASSESSMENT: It’s no “Fe’l Vini Avan” but I digress.

Ranje Chita’w

SUBJECT: Remember what I said about the first song? OK! Allow me to think out loud; I DON’T CARE FOR THIS SONG MUCH. You mad? Then ranje chita ou pou mwen esplike ou. I don’t need to hear another Nemours Jean Baptiste inspired song or another song bigging up all of the already established bands. I would have been more impressed had they addressed the new generation of the up and coming musicians that they’ve influenced so they can pass the torch. You can sing about Nemours Jean Baptiste and already established bands all you want but the message gets lost when your message is to save the music and keeping it alive.

 

MUSIC: This song is very catchy, with good arrangements. At first, I thought they hired a different guitarist until I heard Pozo’s trademark guitar licks (I’m a guitar girl). This song’s potential is endless in the live spectrum. Allo, Jean Max Valcourt, I heard you. (wink) This song is old as heck but the modern twist makes it new all over again.

 

HIT POTENTIAL: Out of a possible 10 I give this song an 8. I don’t judge on personal preferences but I can see this song being a big hit among the bottle-poppers in the club like JAY BROOKLYN, YANVALOO BRAD NAU and so on. Also, keep in mind they can always improvise on the lyrics in a live setting.

 

FINAL ASSESSMENT: the typical save our music awareness/ voye monte tune. I love the catchy phrase Ranje Chita’w but brace yourselves… you’re about to hear it for another year or so.

 

FOOTNOTE: For all of the people asking how and why? Learn this from KLASS; NO ONE ARTIST/BAND, PR, and MARKETING AGENT CAN PULL OFF WHAT KLASS IS DOING AT THE MOMENT… IT’S A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AND THE MAIN INGREDIENT IS NONE OTHER THAN “TALENT.” The secret is simple… talent, experience, money, internet goons and real fans.

The Realist PR EVER cause the others can’t afford to tell you the truth.

Cheyna Pierre

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  1. Klassssssssss for life maestro Ritchie and Pipo pozew big respè kenbe konsa c nou kife mizik ayisyen pa tombe deja. Paske san klasssss pa gen konpa. Klas it’s is baby yes it is. Pipo tout jan.

  2. mwen tap byen pase na ruelle chavane jodia, siw pat la mpa responsab.map ranje chitam poum marye mwen pap fye Zanmi ak madanm mwen epi lolll

  3. meznmi pndn le gran maestro Richie ap mnde nan tout sanp fe poun fel ak tout ke nou an life esepsyon wi mechanste pa ladan nn.bon bgy maestro a felisitasyn comme tjrs e pou tjrs.

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Rutshelle Guillaume

Biography of Rutshelle Guillaume …
Born in Port-au-Prince on July 28, a family of three children, Rutshelle GUILLAUME is the only daughter of her Father. At the age of five, she began to sing at the church of God of Boulard directed by Pastor Louis DESTINVAL. His passion for music takes him to 19 years, in the group “REL”, a musical formation composed for the most part of young musicians of the National School of … Arts (ENARTS). She was able to meet her husband, Walner O. Registre (Doc wor) band leader of the group Rèl, father of her beloved daughter (Ruth-Warly O. Registre). Rutshelle is one of the most listening and charming women’s voices on the air today. Her opus “KITE M KRIYE” is asked and asked again in the shows to which she is invited to produce. This song, according to her, comes out of the particular to reach the social. Rutshelle, Philosopher of formation, joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of the State University of Haiti (U.E.H) in 2008. After completing her studies, she is currently completing her research in order to obtain her degree in philosophy. – Former Professor of Grammar and Philosophy at New Bird College. Rutshelle Guillaume currently works as: Protocol Officer attached to the Kiosk of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) at TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE International Airport. – During a training on vocal techniques organized by James Germain, Emmeline Michel and Stevenson Théodore at the Fokal in 2011, his performance on stage enabled him to surprise Yole DEROSE, in search of young female talents for his project “Haiti Heart of Women “. She chose to be part of her project. While awaiting the release of her album, she presents to the public the opportunity to discover it in her song titled “KITEM KRIYE” which is video-clip. In addition, Rutshelle had already participated on numerous projects with several artists and musical groups, such as: – Roosevelt SAILLANT, known as BIC Tizon dife: “Mesi ti cheri doudou” a song from his latest album entitled “Kreyòl sings Kreyòl Konpran” . Doc Filah: “Trèv pou amoni”, a song from his album “Akrilik sou twal rezon” – Eunide Edouarin dit (Eud) and Aristor Oberson says (Dad Crazy): “Fòk mwen fete”, a song of their album “Limyè wouj” – Jean Bernard Félicien dit (Hurricane) and Valkency Décembre dit (K-lib): “yon lide”, a song from their album “Knock Out” – Barikad crew , konplèks, bafon plafon “, songs from the album” RED “. To name but a few

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Neefah Song
Biography

Prior to launching her musical career, Neefah got her start by auditioning for the Brooklyn High School of the Arts; a specialized arts school where she majored in vocal music. In addition, she took Music Theory for she believes reading and writing music should be a very important factor in any musicians training.

Neefah excelled in the program and later attended the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Musical Theater. She also graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling the same year. Upon both graduations, Neefah began pursuing music full-time.

Stephanie “Neefah” Fontus was born on February 21st in Brooklyn, NY to a Haitian mother and a Haitian and Bahamian father. Her father, a professional bassist didn’t give her much support or encouragement when it came to music and her mother supported his decision because they didn’t want their daughter to make a career in music instead they encouraged her to complete her studies and have a normal and stable life and career. Neefah heeded her parents’ advice however it was in school where she actually found the drive and necessary encouragement that she needed and it came from her music teacher. Through her teaching and mentoring, Neefah finally felt secure enough to pursue her dream in entertainment.

Neefah went on to perform at some very prestigious events and places such as the United Nations, FAME on 42nd Street (Broadway Musical), VH1 Hop Hop Honors where she opened the show, she sang the national anthem at the Yankees’ stadium for the Mets twice to name a few.

With her career looking bright Neefah still felt the need to please her parents and obtain a degree in criminal justice but her heart still remains in music.

Neefah’s musical training and experience may be outside of the Haitian Music Industry’s (HMI) realm, she is no novice to the industry. Neefah’s collaborations include Dola Mizik, Clinton Benoit, Madman JP and Charlot Maitre on lead vocals.

Neefah’s new single entitled “Nobody but you” is officially released and Neefah is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to her album slated for a Summer release.

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Written by Cheyna Pierre

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Yves Joseph

Yves Joseph

Background vocal

A Native of Petion-Ville, Yves Joseph, better known as Fanfan, is one of the original members of the band. Fanfan started with the band in 1968 playing the congas. In the 80’s, he moved to the front as an additional vocalist in support of Shoubou. The two have formed an impressive singing duo for the last 45 years. Fanfan is, undoubtedly, one of the most important and versatile members of Tabou Combo. Apart from being the band background vocalist, he’s also the band’s manager and main songwriter. Fanfan is a graduate (Cum Laude) from City College with a major in International Relations and a minor in Education. In the Summer of 2000, Fanfan became the first Haitian artist to land an endorsement deal with a major U.S. company when he signed with LATIN PERCUSSION (LP). Fanfan said his most positive experience with Tabou Combo was when the hit single NEW YORK CITY was released. ‘It is a good feeling to hear your songs everywhere you go in Europe, in jukeboxes, major radio stations, and Clubs,’ said Fanfan. ‘The attention you get, the pampering and the fame is unbelievable…’

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Yvon Andre

Yvon Andre

Percussions/Vocal

It was in 1968 when then fifteen year old percussionist Yvon Andre, known to all as Kapi, became a member of Tabou Combo. Back then the young musician had to sneak out of his family’s home in Petion-Ville to play with the band due to the fact that his parents were determined not to let their son become a musician. However, his love for music was too strong to be stopped. Kapi said he could have become anything, but he chose to be a musician because he loves music. It is that love that has motivated him to stay with Tabou Combo for so many years. Kapi is not just a mere percussionist; he’s also a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Kapi has penned many of Tabou’s hit songs. He has also written most of the band’s Spanish songs including FIESTA and PANAMA QUERIDA. The latter he co-wrote with Fanfan. Kapi said his most memorable moments as a member of Tabou was in 1998 when he traveled to the Ivory Coast to receive a lifetime achievement award on behalf of Tabou Combo, and again when RFO (French radio/television) honored Tabou Combo in Martinique; those, he said, were historical moments.

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Tabou Combo

BIOGRAPHY

“Rhythm is the essence of Tabou Combo,” says Tabou Combo’s co-founder and ex-drummer Herman Nau. The infectious rhythm of Haiti’s national dance music, Konpa (con-pah), has propelled the country’s preeminent dance band around the world. The 12 members of the band have covered many territories since leaving Haiti and relocating to New York City in 1971. By that time, Tabou had already established itself as Haiti’s number one group, and as the “Ambassadors of Konpa.” Tabou Combo now has worldwide fans and followers from London to Paris, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, South America, throughout the Caribbean and in North America.

It is easy to understand why Tabou Combo’s relentless and high-energy style of Compas dance beat knows no language barrier. Singing in English, Spanish, French or their native Creole, Tabou serves a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world. You will hear a strong dose of the Dominican Republic’s national dance music, meringue. In addition, there is Haiti’s dance-till-you-drop carnival music, rara, the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals. Add to that quadrilles and contra-dances from Haiti’s French colonizers and funk from the American soul era to James Brown for good measure. The mixture of all these influences makes for a serious bass line that brings new meaning to the word bottom; layer upon layer of accents courtesy of drums, percussion and congas; the constant intertwining of two guitars with the feel of West African Soukous topped with bright piano riff and the brassy sound of a 3-man horn section.

Tabou Combo got started in 1968 in Petion-Ville, a town just outside Port-au-Prince, by Albert Chancy and Herman Nau and some friends, all in their teens. They began by naming themselves “Los Incognitos” because they were unknown at that time. They changed to Tabou Combo in 1969, in order to bear a name closer to the Haitian culture. That year, the band won first prize in a televised talent contest, gaining a national reputation in Haiti, and by 1970 it was one of the island’s leading bands. Then the Chancy’s parents stepped in, and Albert, the band’s guitarist, and original, leader was sent to college in Montreal and gave up music. The band dissolved and its members drifted to the United States. Early in 1971, however, an unexpected meeting led to a Tabou reunion with rhythm guitarist Jean-Claude Jean as the leader and the band has been together, with a few changes, ever since.

Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, TABOU COMBO entices the listener to become listener and dancer. Almost four decades after TABOU COMBO’s establishment, the band has audiences dancing everywhere from concert halls to the streets and in nightclubs around the world. Says Fanfan, the band’s background vocalist and main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.”

There is no doubt, the music is made for dancing, but Tabou also features lyrics that focus on social issues of the day. For example, the lyrics from the title cut of the group’s 1991 release ZAP ZAP deal with uplifting the image of Haitian people in the wake of bad press connected to the AIDS epidemic.

It was 1974 when the band captured Europe’s attention with its million-selling hit single NEW YORK CITY. Tabou steadily has been building its international followers ever since. The 1989 release, AUX ANTILLES (The Antilles), topped European and Caribbean charts for six consecutive weeks. AUX ANTILLES also won Best Album for Haitian Dance Music at the 1991 1st Annual Caribbean Music Awards at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater. Tabou’s release, KITEM FE ZAFEM (Let Me Do My Things), was voted among Beat Magazine’s Best of 1988. In 1989, KITEM FE ZAFEM, along with ZAP ZAP were used by the film director Jonathan Demme in his movie MYSTERY DATE. The song JUICY LUCY was chosen by French movie maker Maurice Pialat for his movie POLICE (1985). In 2002, world known guitarist Carlos Santana recorded the song MABOUYA (Foo Foo) on his album SHAMAN.

After traveling around the world with Tabou, Fanfan says he has found that people everywhere are all the same and they all love music. TABOU COMBO seduces the people with rhythm that does not let go. Konpa’s unrelenting dance beat is contagious and there are plenty of witnesses. Many of the thousands of TABOU COMBO fans around the world eagerly will testify… that is if they can stop dancing long enough to talk!

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Dat7

Biography

Based out of Hollywood, Florida, Dat7 is a Haitian band with a style deeply rooted in the finest tradition of Compas Direct with Zouk and R&B influences. Dat7 came into existence in late 2014 when former bandmates and longtime friends, Ricot Amazan (conga drums), and Eddy Viau (percussionist), join forces and created the band. They were later joined by Vladimir Alexis (drums), and Olivier Duret (vocalist), to complete the ensemble. Dat7 has created quite a stir since releasing their debut album VERDICT in October of 2015. Having been awarded the “Revelation de L’année 2015” award and the Haitian Academy Award in 2017, Dat7 continues to position itself as one of the most notable new bands, especially for their superb live performances.

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