Learn About Haiti’s 58th President and His Vision

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Jovenel Moïse was born on 26 June 1968 in the Trou du Nord (North-East department) to a modest family. It is from his father, Etienne Moses, a mechanic and farmer, that he inherited his love of the earth. His mother, Lucia Bruno, now deceased a seamstress, taught him, in addition to civic and moral values, the sense of responsibility from childhood. His parents, despite their limited education, were able to transmit strict principles and rigorous discipline on to him. These strong values ​​combined with his innate abilities have allowed Jovenel Moïse, the “native-natal”, to always stand out and make him a successful agro-entrepreneur and an undeniable model for our society.

Emigrated with his family to Port-au-Prince in July 1974, he continued his primary studies at the National School Don Durelin, and continued his secondary studies at Lycée Toussaint Louverture first; Then at the Cultural Center of Canado Haitian College.

Later he attended the Faculty of Education of Quisqueya University. Despite his future as an educator already traced, he changed direction to embark on entrepreneurship. In 1996, he married his classmate Martine Marie Etienne Joseph. In the same year, this enterprising young man, mature and full of enthusiasm, left the capital and settled in Port-de-Paix with the ardent dream of developing the hinterland, a dream that will never leave him.

With very little investment capital, he created his first company in Port-de-Paix, JOMAR Auto Parts, still operational today. It is from this small company, created with his wife, that all the projects of the Moses couple begin to take shape. The same year, his love of the land directs his efforts towards the implementation of an agricultural project. This time, Jovenel set up a banana plantation spread over 10 hectares in the Department of the North-West.

Soon after, his wife is expecting a girl, and the future father, realizes that access to drinking water is a major issue in the hinterland, and is embarking on an innovative project. With his experience and decided to bring a solution, he is partnering with the Culligan company in Port-au-Prince. In 2001, Jovenel combined loans from financial institutions and individuals with difficulty, and began a water plant that will distribute potable water in the Northwest and Northeast regions.

Based on his success in business and his desire to support community development, Jovenel became a member of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCB) in 2004. He is also known for his leadership Natural and in a very short time, he is elected president of CCNTA. Indeed, his ability to build a group synergy towards the achievement of a common goal, gained him to become general secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH). As a dynamic leader, he plays a leading role in the integration of regional chambers of commerce in order to ensure their full and fair representation within the Chamber of Commerce.

An insightful entrepreneur, Moses knows how to identify problems and turn them into opportunities for the benefit of all. Interested in regional electrification, in 2008 he trained another company, Compagnie Haïtienne d’Energie S.A. (COMPHENER S.A.), this time with partners. Through this project, they want to bring solar and wind energy to the 10 communes of the department of the North-West.

He founded AGRITRANS S.A. in 2012, bringing the agricultural project NOURRIBIO, to the Trou du Nord, to become the first Haitian Free Agricultural Zone. With this project Jovenel Moïse was able to “transform a abandoned site into an integrated sustainable development project that will serve as a model for the development of the agricultural sector in Haiti”. This is only the beginning of the dream of Jovenel, proclaimed “nèg banann nan” (the man of the banana) which is to remake of Haiti an “essentially agricultural” country.

The NOURRIBIO project has already led to the emergence of more than a dozen agricultural projects which have created close to 3,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. This project is the most innovative in Haiti and the largest that the Caribbean has known to date. For Moses, it is important that Haiti regain its place on the world map of the exporting countries.

This leader has the art of giving meaning and mobilizing the crowds. Persistent and resourceful, Jovenel is an example not only in his words, but especially in his actions which produce a much stronger effect than what he says. Jovenel Moïse has a proven experience in shaping consensus and collaboration between groups of people with different interests. Thanks to his charism, he has the art of communicating an inspiring vision for all.

 

 

Vision

To be a candidate for the Presidency, to become President of the Republic, means, from the outset, that I see HAITI, the Haitian people, that is, all its citizens, both inside the country Than elsewhere abroad, that I must strive to unite in one and the same national project, beyond political and ideological divisions. I promise and I must work tirelessly with everybody, to develop and strengthen the sense of belonging to our country, the basis of an enlightened, conscious patriotism, the sole guarantor of our sovereignty, our independence. President of the Republic, I will be the main bearer of our Haitian pride.

On the surface of the planet, the battle is rough between democracy and authoritarianism. Authoritarianism, in all its forms, had its hours of glory in our country. Like many of my compatriots, I opted for the democratization of our country, which is a process whose length depends on the realization of a number of conditions: our dear compatriots trained and informed, the rule of law , Periodic elections carried out correctly, and the existence of structured political parties throughout the country. I invite all my fellow citizens, organized, to work for a good understanding of the requirements of such an undertaking and to rise to the challenge it represents, not for a particular party, but for all of us as The community.

President, I will be happy to contemplate the active, dynamic unity of the Haitian people whose organized citizens, within the framework of total responsible freedom, are engaged in a healthy competition to bring him even more happiness. I believe strongly in the freedom of enterprise, creating jobs and wealth that our country urgently needs. Together, we will have to show intelligence, lucidity and courage to help our compatriots openly to set up businesses to encourage and facilitate foreign investment. We will have to gradually increase our productive capacity, increase per capita income and above all ensure that our workers and workers stay at home and benefit from the spin-offs of economic activity.

I would like everyone, including our compatriots, to stop repeating that Haiti is the poorest country … because the basic needs of the population are not being met. Efforts already made must continue; But we must return to the basics: the identification of Haitians, basic schooling, health care will be the object of my highest attention. There is no curse! Neither fate! I call on all my compatriots, including my competitors, to think of a serious and serious dialogue on the best and fastest and most effective means of eradicating a number of acute and chronic social problems whose permanence is a threat to our Survival of the people, an impassable obstacle to our unity of people!

President of the Republic, I will be the engine of good governance for our country. A governance in the dimension of the secular problems and the urgent needs of our country, our people, our fellow citizens. A governance that will take our history into account in its relations with certain countries and international organizations, our economic and social structure and our environment which continues to constitute a major challenge for all Haitians! A governance that, in compliance with the constitution and the laws, ensures the smooth running of the institutions and especially the public administration which must continue to give body and life to the 5 E of President Martelly! Governance that should encourage organized groups in our society to participate in major debates about the direction and future of our country.

courtesy of http://jovenelmoise.ht

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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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