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Born on October 12, 1986 in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti, D’yne grew up in a Haitian family surrounded by love but also by music. She is noted for her talent by her vocal teacher, from college, and her interest in music and the show grows after Interpreted the title “Simplement”, of MILCA during the election of MISS HAITI of France. It was revelation, and the public became acquainted with his talent.
At the age of 28, she lost her mother and this tragedy will forever disrupt the rest of her life. This need to evacuate, speak,Was one of the triggers of his career and the beginning of a great musical adventure. His loved ones do everything to encourage him in this way and enroll him in various competitions.
In 2015, she decided to start and after 1 year of work, released the first studio single of her career entitled “With Time”.The young artist has a very varied musical influence ranging from Compass to Zouk passing through R & B and Soul. She is particularly fond of artists such as Edith Lefel, Tania St-Val, T-vice, Carimi, Fanny J, Milca and Alicia Keys and Céline Dion.
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Née le 12 octobre 1986 à Fond-des-blancs, en Haïti, D’yne grandit dans une famille haïtienne entourée d’amour mais également de musique.
Elle se fait remarquer pour son talent par son professeur de chant, dès le collège, et son intérêt pour la musique et le spectacle grandit après avoir interprété le titre “Simplement”, de MILCA lors de l’élection de MISS HAITI DE France. Ce fut la révélation, et le public fit connaissance avec son talent.
À l’âge de 28 ans, elle perdit sa mère et cette tragédie bouleversera à jamais le restant de sa vie. Ce besoin d’évacuer, de parler, fut l’un des éléments déclencheurs de sa carrière et le début d’une grande aventure musicale.
Ses proches font tout pour l’encourager dans cette voie et l’inscrivent dans divers concours. En 2015, elle décide de se lancer et après 1 an de travail, sort le premier single studio de sa carrière ayant pour titre « Avec le temps ».
Sa plus grande motivation est de pouvoir partager son univers musical avec les autres, car comme dit elle : « La musique est la chose qui nous fait du bien quand nous sommes tristes et mêmes quand nous sommes heureux. ». La jeune artiste a une influence musicale très variée allant du Compas au zouk passant par le R&B et la Soul. Elle affectionne tout particulièrement les artistes comme Edith Lefel, Tania St-Val, T-vice, Carimi, Fanny J, Milca ou encore, Alicia Keys et Céline Dion.
Fan de mode, régulièrement saluée pour son style, D’yne a déjà l’allure d’une grande, et pas que de taille. Depuis son plus jeune âge, elle ne cesse de surprendre avec un style toujours plus raffiné d’année en année.
D’yne est aussi une femme avec un grand cœur. Elle n’hésite pas à prendre part à diverses activités caritatives et humanitaires. Notamment en 2010, lors du séisme en Haïti et en 2016 la catastrophe dû à l’ouragan Matthew où tout naturellement elle se porte volontaire pour récolter les dons. Femme de terrain, elle prendra le temps d’accueillir elle-même les donateurs.
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Singer-Virginia Mahotiere-Louis – A talented female artist with a world-class reputation. Nia is known for her unique voice and her ability to thrill her fans with her great stage presence. Born and raised in Miami; Nia grew up to the sound of her mother’s vinyl’s, ranging from: The Gap band, Jackson 5, Skah Shah, and Koupé Kloué. She was influenced by American and French music, which gave her the perfect platform to build her musical career. After more than 10 years of performing in one of the well known Haitian band, “Zin”. One of the founders of the band announces they were taking a break. During that time Nia seized the opportunity to take a break herself from the music scene and start a family. Thus, she took the break from the stage full-time, Nia was still making occasional appearances and performing as a solo artist for different venues. Over the years, Nia has collaborated with other bands, producers, and other Haitian artists, like: Carimi, Alex Abellard, Lionel Bejamin, Beethova Obas, Belo, Arly Lariviere, Princess Lover, Tina, Nickenson Prud’homme, Shabba, Tina, Krys Gabriel, Princess Eud, and many more. Nia’s passion for entertainment cannot be quantified, because she is always trying to reinvent herself to bring the best music to her fans. Now, Nia is embarking on a new journey with her band PäSH. This time around, you will see a more versatile side of Nia. Her talent and professionalism are a few reasons to why she is still one of the elite female vocalists in the Haitian Music Industry.
Maestro- Daniel Eugene Jr – Dano was born in Miami, FL. However, was raised in Haiti, in a small town call “Cabaret”. Son of an eminent pastor in the town, he was raised in a religious and grounded home. As a child he did not know his musical gift yet, so out of boredom he asked his parents to enlist him into a small church’s music band, near their town to play the trombone. From that point he started to discover his love for music. When Dano migrated back to the United States, he became infatuated with the guitar. His determination pushed him to teach himself how to play the instrument.
He mastered at playing the guitar quickly. In his late teens, he got together with a few acquaintances at church and formed the Haitian Gospel Band called “Evangel”. With that band, Dano produced his first album and played both the guitar and keyboard for the band. By the time Dano had reached his early twenties, he was already playing professional keyboard for one of his favorite band “Zenglen”. Over the course of 12 years, he has played professional keyboard, produced, and collaborated with/for Haitian bands, like: Gabel, Revelation(Gospel), Disip, Bel Jazz, Shabba (Djakout #1) and more. Now, Dano is ready to exceed his potential by introducing his unique sound to the world through his band PäSh.
Keyboard Player- Gregory Previlon – He was born and raised in the north side of Haiti. A little town called “Okap”. As a young man, Gregory was intrigued by Haitian Music Industry (HMI), like: Tropicana, Zenglen, and Djakout. After he migrated to the United States, he was exposed to a vast of different cultures and sounds. His parents were religious, so they were strict and kept him in church. Watching his uncle and cousin perform in the church band, Gregory started to acquire the sounds and skills of Gospel.
Gospel became a nuance to him. At that moment his passion to become a musician has been fueled. After years of taking lessons from his uncle and cousin, in 2009 he made his first debut performance at his church as a Keyboard player. He is also talented vocally. Gregory has played in several Gospel bands in the HMI, and now he’s ready to make his mark in the Konpa and American scene by showcasing his voice and keyboard skills on stage with PäSH band.
Guitarist-Sebastien Tertulien – Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His parents were classical enthusiasts; they exposed Seby to the sophisticated sounds of Mozarts, Bach and Debussy at an early age. As a teenager, He was attracted to the addictive sounds of Sweet Micky, heavy Konpa sounds of System band, D-zine, Nu-look, Djakout, etc..
As Seby’s skills evolved, gospel music with a mixture of R&B, Jazz, and Pop became a vital part of his musical diet. He is set to sail towards his greatest adventure with PäSH band as their guitarist. Seby is excited to come and contribute his skills to our musically rich culture.
Congas Player-Ricardo Anilus – A talented musician born in the western part of Haiti, (Jean-Rabel). A musician not well known by the public, but well known by a lot of musician in the HMI. Because of his exceptional talent playing the congas, he had the privilege to perform with many bands and other musician in the HMI, such as: Boulot Valcourt, Beethova Obas, Jean Jean Roosevelt, Stephanie Sejour (Tifane), Renette Desir, Turgo Theodat. and with some great bands like Suav Mizik, Mawon, 5Etwal, Nu Look and many more.
Codo is thrilled to embarked on his new journey with PäSH band as their congas player. He is looking forward to showcase the full potential of his talent to the world. If you’re from the Islands, get ready to move your body to the beat of Codo’s congas. Even if you do not know the words.
Trouble Boy’s real name is Lord Wensky Jolissaint, born on December 19, 1989. He is a young rapper best known for his two (2) Mega hits : “Vwazin Nan” (2012) and “Raz”(2015). His lyrics are well articulated and rich, with unique punchlines. Trouble boy has without a doubt found the perfect formula to satisfy his public. The young and the old are able to sing to his songs .
Passionate of music, Trouble was quickly influenced by the American Hip Hop scene in the beginning of 2000, after the death his mother in 2009 he launched his music career with his first single
»Crank that Moto » which came out in 2011. Immediate success for the young rapper, who was then unknown to the public. Its with this same momentum that he released his first album entitled « Shut up epi tande » in 2012.
He gets his inspiration from his circle, from his own experiences or his feelings. Trouble is the reflection of Creole Rap since the last few years : enthusiastic, productive, strong attitude, and a strong urge to gain recognition. Already in contact with Maestro, Trouble has finally decided to join the new label DIYOSA Music in January 2016. His second album scheduled to come out in June 2016.
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Stage Name: Dj Cinq Etwal
DOB: AUGUST 4
Place of Birth:Port au Prince Haiti
Occupation:DJ, PROMOTER, BAND OWNER, BAND MEMBER, PRODUCER, SONG WRITER, CEO of Belizaire Music Group
Education: MIAMI DADE COLLEGE
Cinq Etwal (born August 4, in Port au Prince Haiti) is of Haitian descent, and is the second youngest of four sibblings (two brothers and two sisters). At a young age childhood insiders say Cinq was known as the child “who dared to be diffrent”. No one knew his strive to be extraordinary would change the direction of an industry that has been the same for decades. Cinq Etwal entered the United States at the age of 14 where he attended Miami Edison Senior High School. He played basketball in grade school, and also was an honor student with a fine academic transcript. Graduating 7th of his entire senior class in 98 Cinq then attended Miami Dade College were he took General Education courses until he could figure out what occupational path he wanted to persue.
Throughout this time Cinq had a regular hourly job and also began to DJ all while he was in school. Cinq was one who was serious about his academics but long work shifts, as well as sleepness nights after club gigs hindered him to perform well in school. He was then forced to make a choice between school or his passion for music and becoming a full-time dj. The decision was critical but being the dare devil that he is Cinq decided to temporarily leave school to focus on a career as a Dj. At that time of his life he did not know that was one of the best decisions he would ever make.
Cinq Etwal Deux started his full time DJ career in 2000 and named himself DJ 5 Etwal. The name 5 Etwal ( english translation Five Star) comes from 5 Star Quality which, in most rating scales, 5 Star Quality is the top rate. The name fit the movement that 5 Etwal was innovating and the empire that he was building. His first DJ mixtape “Addictive” took South Florida by storm. He dropped several DJ mixtapes thereafter that got the same feedback, and buzz filled the streets about this Miami DJ. His unique melo dj styles was surely addictive, it caught the attention thousands of fans and consumers. In no time DJ Cinq Etwal crossed over and become a promoter of club nights in conjuction with others. Those club parties then became the #1 Zouk Night destination in South Florida. This multi-talented Disk Jocky didn’t stop there. Fall of 2009 Dj Cinq Etwal took the ultimate step by forming a new genre in the Haitian Music Industry ( HMI) called “Djazz Dj”. The Djazz Dj concept is a Dj playing playback relooping specific parts of the track all while having live instruments added to the song with unique flava and groove. Cinq went in head first not knowing what to expect, but had faith that this new concept would change the face of the industry. He first branched out and found two musicians a keyboardist ( T-Klod) and guitarist ( Pipo). The band was then formed and named 5 Lan.
After 2 years of forming 5Lan DJ Cinq Etwal wanted to add more fuel to the fire and added a 3rd member in the band a drummer (Jefrid). Now after hundreds of gigs thousands of fans and over 2 million plays on music plateform Sound Cloud 5 Lan has become one of the Hottest up and coming artist in the Haitian Music Industry. DJ Cinq Etwal has now formed another major component to his path to success Belizaire Music Group established summer of 2013. BMG ( Belizaire Music Group) is now the company that manages, direct and represent 5 Lan, and DJ Cinq Etwal. Inspiring change through the art of creativity is part of Dj Cinq Etwals success. The other half came from him taking risks, ceasing opportunities, and his determination to look different sound different and be different.
Quote: “I am in it to win, failure is NOT an option”
-DJ Cinq Etwal
Exequias Saint-Fleur, better known as Manno Farinen , I was born on May-29-87 in dondon Haiti . I grew up in cap Haitian haiti Passionate about soccer ,video games,Reading. The dream of being a singer since I’m youngest my family emigrated and settled permanently in cap Haitian in 1994.
I started singing in small group in the church, that is at the moment I began my career
in 2002 with my friends we created a small group of district called “Nu Groove”
I performed in playback in all small parties in the area in my school around where I could showcase my talent.
influenced by my cousin who was singing at the time in orchestre Septentrional.I had a good start
In 2004 I left Cap Haitien where to settle in Port-au-Prince,a new page in my career
a few months later I started working with Elite music for 2 years
From 2002 to 2009 I experience with a few bands:Lnpg band,Nu Groove,C kans T zee,C-kans.ect
In 2007 in Petion ville Haiti I create Fresh-up will come out 4 years later, with our studio album entitled Anti-virus, it was on November 26-2011 in Mango Lounge, and after we was performed in the capital and also in all large provincial town.
In 2013 we took the decision to establish the ban in New York City
Èzili Dantò (fomerly colonially named “Marguerite Laurent”) is a Haitian woman inspired, guided, and directed by the strength, legacy and visions of the Haitian warrior goddess, Ezili Dantò.
She is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, political and social commentator, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Stamford, CT. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law, and, attended the Hartford Conservatory for Ballet, Jazz and Modern while studying Haitian dancing at home and with countless Haitian dance experts in the field.
Award winning playwright and Performance Poet
Ezili Dantò is a gifted spoken word artist who uses Haitian folk dance, performance poetry, theater and creative writing to create the “Red, Black & Moonlight”series, her critically acclaimed one-woman Jazzoetry Vodun dance theater work, which she has toured internationally and also performed at Colleges and Universities, performance art centers, and theaters, including at non-traditional theater venues, such as the United Nations and Carnegie Hall.
She is a member of the Poets & Writers guild and an essayist and educator who specializes in using her writing skills and public presentations to teach about the light and beauty of Haitian culture; the “Symbolic and Archetypal Nature of Haitian Vodun;” the illegality and immorality of forcing neoliberalism policies on Haiti and the developing world; the illegality and human rights violations caused by the U.S. embargo against Haiti during the Aristide and Preval presidencies (1994-2004) and the international crimes currently unraveling Haiti because of the U.S.-Canada-France-supported Feb. 29, 2004 coup d’etat and U.N. occupation; the need for France to repay the extraordinary 1825 ransom it extorted from the Haitian people and the constant Euro-US hostility Haiti faces, endures and struggles to overcome as the first Black Republic in the world after Ethiopia in a Eurocentric world which purposely inflames instability, insecurity, impasse and chaos in the Black republics in order to better exploit their labor and natural resources.
She is the author of three plays, a spoken word and jazz CD and two books of poetry and has received numerous awards for her art, activism and civic
contributions. In addition to producing and performing the Red, Black & Moonlight monologues, she teaches, through her production company, Ezilidanto’s Spoken Word Dance Theater Company, master dance workshops on traditional Haitian dance; does in-school and after school workshops and teaching residencies in performance poetry, creative writing and Hip Hop Theater, and, on “How To Create The One-Woman Show.” She has also taught an “Art and Business Law” class as an adjunct professor at various colleges in NY and CT and as a workshop for community and State art councils.
Ezili Dantò won a Connecticut Playwright Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, a Vermont Studio Center writing fellowship and scholarship, a Stamford Arts Partnership Grant and many other awards, residencies and fellowships. She has been a Partner Artist with the Bushnell Performance Art Center, Connecticut’s largest performance art center and is an Urban Artist Fellow with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Institute for Community Research. She was trained by Arts Genesis to conduct curriculum based arts-in-education workshops and teaching residencies for the State of Connecticut.
Ezili Dantò has also worked, for over ten years, as an entertainment attorney within the Hip Hop and R&B music, recording, merchandising and independent film industries. She has represented numerous national and international recording artists and independent film directors, producers and screenwriters. She is one of the pioneers of Hip Hop Theater and amongst a select few activist entertainment attorneys who conduct workshops studying and analyzing the impact of Hip Hop message music and African culture globally. Zili has been called a “Hip Hop attorney” for her career-long dedication to assisting independent labels; for advocating economic parity and democracy within the US music industry; and for advocating eventual artist ownership of their masters as well as for advocating for alternative methods of distribution.
Human Rights Attorney
Èzili Dantò (formerlly colonially named-Marguerite Laurent), is founder and President of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (“HLLN”), a network of lawyers, scholars, journalists, concerned individuals and grassroots organizations and activists, dedicated to institutionalizing the rule of law and protecting the civil and cultural rights of Haitians at home and abroad.
Ezili’s HLLN is the leading international and Haitian voice against right wing humanitarian imperialism pushing the neoliberal “death plan” and disaster capitalism in Haiti and their corresponding leftist paid-to-lose tenured progressives. In addition, Ezili Dantò and HLLN stands at the forefront in exposing Christian and other foreign missionaries in Haiti playing savior while abusing Haiti street kids and has helped protect women and children, expose sexual predators at the UN, NGOs and hiding in orphanages, including working non-stop for six years to help put pedophile Douglas Perlitz behind bars for abusing Haiti boys funder the pretext of providing charitable help and humanitarian aid. (See – Justice for Haiti prevailed: Perlitz going away for a long time.)
Attorney Èzili Dantò is the most prolific international writer and advocate for Haiti and is internationally known as the foremost legal analyst and commentator/writer of the untold counter-colonial-narrative on Haiti. Zili wrote a judicial reform agenda for Haiti, advised and supervised on numerous judicial reform projects while working as legal advisor and international foreign consultant to Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide between 1993-1995. The Red, Black & Moonlight performance series is a musical memoir based on that story and her life and work in the United States.
Ms. Dantò has also worked as an international and human rights lawyer and advocate in various capacities, including as the Coordinator of Donors for the Justice Minister in Haiti, working as liaison between Haiti and the international donor community including France, Canada, the United States, Japan, Cuba and Taiwan in 1995. Or, from 2004 to present, by giving voice and creating alternative solutions to criminalization of the poor, unequally applied laws, deportation or indefinite detention to relieve the plight for some Haitians and Haitian refugees in the Caribbean and United States. Partly due to HLLN’s steadfast defense and efforts, US deportations to Haiti were stopped from September 19 to Dec. 9, 2008. And many Haitians, over the years, have gained a greater understanding of their rights as human beings, of their own historical narrative, story of struggle, courage, resistance and democracy to counter the colonial myths, or have been educated as to which countries in the Caribbean and North America that do offer asylum and better policy treatment to Haitian workers and better equal protection under the law.
Since the 2004 coup d’etat/rendition kidnapping of President Aristide that destroyed Haiti’s democracy and put it under UN proxy military occupation for the US, France and Canada, Attorney Dantò, through her work at Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, has been the leading and most trustworthy international voice in Haiti advocacy, human rights work, Haiti news and Haiti news analysis. HLLN’s work is central to those concerned with the welfare of the people of Haiti, Haiti capacity building, sovereignty, institutionalization of the rule of law, and justice and peace without occupation or militarization. HLLN’s defense and advocacy work paved the way for the release of many political prisoners in Haiti including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune; Haitian human rights worker, Annette August; Catholic priest and civil rights worker, Father Gerald Jean Juste and lesser-profiled others who were illegally imprisoned for years after the illegal and foreign-supported ouster of Haiti’s constitutional government.
In addition to educating defense lawyers who are representing Haitians, providing legal strategy consultations and legal defense referrals for Haitians, HLLN creates leverage, higher profile, greater positive media and congressional interests, for a Haitian people and Black nation that is largely denied human rights, equality before the law and international legal protection, though networking and media, educational and People-To-People campaigns. HLLN’s innovative and avant guard work continues, both through traditional and non-traditional means, including alternative media and the internet, to mobilize international attention, creating people-to-people leverage and networks and letter writing campaigns. HLLN pushes for equal treatment for Haitian refugees (in relation to other nationalities similarly situated), permanent stop to all deportations and for the US to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haiti. HLLN advocates, as well, to designate as “political prisoners” many poor victims in Haiti who are dehumanized, arbitrarily and capriciously labeled as mere “gangsters” or “criminals” for political ends and treated disparagingly or illegally detained since 2004, seemingly indefinitely and without trial or any legal fairness whatsoever, so that the US and Haiti’s rabid elites may silence political dissent and objection to financial colonialism – 1% of the Haitian population (approximately 11 families) owning and controlling 90% of the country’s wealth as feudal lords and modern-day overseers for Western corporate barons. HLLN has presented a policy statement to the Obama Team for a new US-Haiti relationship and is currently mobilizing legislative and international people-to-people support for these US-Haiti policy concerns.
Ms. Dantò, as the president of HLLN, runs the Haitian Perspectives on-line journal, the Ezili Dantò Newsletter, the FreeHaitiMovement, the Ezili Dantò Witness Project and a humanitarian program in Haiti called Zili Dlo: Clean water for all – Dlo pwòp pou tout moun. (Photos).
The Ezili Dantò Witness Program documents human, political, civil, cultural and other advocacy rights issues in Haiti, in context and, from a non-colonial perspective, training and supplying ordinary Haitians-with-no-access with computers, cameras, video equipment, satellites for internet access and English translation, so their suppressed voices may be heard direct from Haiti. The programs’ intrepid young Haitian reporters and witnesses’ venture into dangerous areas, document stories that won’t make the mainstream headlines and films and records foreign meddling, waste, atrocities under the UN occupation/NGO shadow government currently in Haiti and take witness statements as they happen.
HLLN’s internet-based newsletter and mailing list services over 3 million readers per post and its original writings are at the leading edge of advocacy work for an indigenous Haitian population working towards decolonization, reclaiming its own historical narrative and deconstructing stereotypical images and perceptions. Ms. Dantò is a regular commentator and news analysis guest on over 22 radio, on HLLN’s web-cast and through various internet programs serving communities in the US, Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Canada, and Haiti.
Ezili’s HLLN is the only Haitian-led pro-democracy voice on the internet, in print and Haitian and alternative radio to be routinely sited by major papers, in books on current political affairs on Haiti, by Congressional members and invited to analyze and present the grass-roots, poor Haitian majority’s viewpoint not often heard in the mainstream media and Western citadels of power.
Ezilidanto’s Spoken Word Dance Theater Company represents artists whose art is a way for them to empower, honor, respect and refer to their own culture for strength, abundance, self-reliance and expanded awareness and to publicize and promote their own ancestor’s great contributions toward world harmony and liberty. The company entertains as well as brings to application, the commitment, community and compassion that was first displayed by the indomitable spirit of Ms. Dantò’s African ancestors – the amalgamated African tribes who became Haitians in the land of the Taino/Arawaks. The artists with Ezilidantò are representatives of the new Africans who created the first Republic in the Western Hemisphere; who wrote the first Constitution to expressly recognized the equality of men and women and of all peoples irrespective of race, color or creed; who were the first to legally abolish slavery (67 years before the US, 47 years before France), and, who created the Kreyol language and Vodun psychology that first synchronized the promise of the America’s diverse peoples, and, therefore where the first settlers to apply creative and inclusive vision to actualize humane co-habitation, unity and order in the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Dantò’s company works to bring these ancestral visions to the forefront and to promote their application globally through law, dance, drama, poetry and creative writing.
Telling our own story
Rooted in history, recognizing the Haitian-African ancestors as pioneers in the human rights struggle for freedom, Ezili’s HLLN and Ezili’s media and cultural work promotes and extends, at the core of all that it does, 1). the Haitian right to self-defense decreed by the mother-warrior goddess, Ezili Dantò at Bwa Kayiman and pursued through the Haitian revolution that is continuing today due to the Haitian people’s desire to fulfill their divine right to self-determination and economic democracy; 2). the Bwa Kayiman Call and Prophecy and 3). the Three Ideals of Haiti’s founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines. To push back and STOP Dessalines’ revolution is the reason for all the imperialist interventions in Haiti since Haiti’s independence. Ezili’s HLLN is here and calls the Island of Ayiti by its name, not Hispaniola (Little Spain!) – but Ayiti (Haiti)! Se pa kado blan yo te fè nou. Se san zansèt nou yo ki te koule. (Go to: Dessalines ideal #2 – What’s in a name: What Ayiti Calls Forth?).
Essentially Ezili’s HLLN and Ezili’s cultural workshops, bring to the fore that the idea of borders and limits based on race, culture, gender, ethnicity, religion and the traditional nation-state borders and limits are obsolete in this world of globalization and instant people-to-people communication. For instance, Haitians in the Diaspora have the entire world as their oyster and ought to use that passport to market Haiti and its grand culture that is so maligned. The Haitian legacy is that of Pan-Americanism and Pan-Africanism. Ezili’s HLLN advocates that the people of the Americas must push for ONE American Hemispheric passport. HLLN is the first to articulates this push of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, and to promote this equitable and just principle for starting to repair centuries of US/Euro financial colonialism, forced assimilation, ethnocide, support for brutal dictatorships, unequal treatment, structural violence and the structural containment-in-poverty of the Black, Brown and indigenous masses in the Americas.
Levans P. Jean-Pierre a.k.a. Madman JP, Haiti’s own Hip-Hop, R&B Producer. Introduced himself to the haitian music scene back in 1992 with his debut album entitled “Kousa boulé” under the Nouvel Jenerasyon record label with co- executive Producer Joubert Charles. Kousa boulé is a kompa album that stood the test of time cause it was ahead of its time with the touch of several veterans in the game like: Ralph Conde Yves A Albert, Phillip Pierre, Adeline Thelisma, Wuydens Joseph, Richard Rouzeau to name a few… Madman Jp’s plans right after the release of his debut album as a singer and arranger was to create his own band to launch his career unfortunately some says fortunately he says that once that project hit the market he was in such demands to arrange music for other up and coming artist his dream to perform live took a back sit to working in the studio for artists such as: Patricia Juste, Sheila Desgraff, Shirley Desgrottes, Zhea Caze, Arsene Appolon, Skah shah, Tabou Combo, Fanfan tibot, Shandel, Ti Crane, D’sire 3 to name a few and numerous Gospel artist in the industry….where he decided to invest in building his own recording studio and developing his skills not only as an elite vocal arranger also a bass player a composer and a recording engineer.
Madman Jp was born and raised in brooklyn very much influenced musically by his mother Alourdes Jean-Pierre who was a leading soprano gospel singer in Hebron SDA the first haitian choir church in brooklyn Ny under the guidance of the late Maestro Pierre Belhomme as an Exelcior singer. His secular music influenced started at the age of 10 when his uncle blessed him with his first kompa album Bossa Combo “ Racine”. Ironically one of his memorable accomplishment 12 years later he finds himself in a recording studio coachin Raymond Cajuste the iconic singer of bossa Combo. Aside from Gospel & kompa he fell in love with hip hop music and from there… Levans P. Jean-Pierre became Madman Jp.
Worked with Mega hip hop artist Busta Rhymes – worked with Goodfellas Ent. With Caxino Rey ML the singer. Michael May to name a few. Shaft Ent….with numerous platinum record for Mega hip hop artist lil kim as a recording and mixing engineer. Under his own Production company 2Fat Productions Madman Jp released in total six of his own album produced and featured the top artists of the 90’s and 2000…Alan Cave, King kino, Armstrong Jeune, Nia, Paola boad, Jean Max Valcourt, Georgy Metellus, Ronsard Robillard, Mika ben, Junior Laporte, kenny Desmangles, the list is endless… He was the co-founder and owner of the kompa band Do-la now Dola Mizik…currently running his state of the art recording studio in suffolk county Ny. The industry respect his no holds barred approach and his straight shooter attitude his latest album 2know love is 2know you was on Art of the Mix top 100 albums for 8 weeks straight!… Once you hear 2fatbaby on any track on the radio or the net better believe its Haitian own Madman Jp.
Date of Birth: September 21, 1989
Hometown: Miami, Florida, United States
“If you think you’ve already made it, that’s when you can fall short and go backwards. I’m constantly pushing forward and chasing the element of perfection.”
“I don’t think I can ever escape from music.”
“I want somebody like my mom. My mom is a very charitable woman. She’s the sweetest woman in the world. I’m looking for the second sweetest woman in the world. I’m looking for honesty and a big heart.”
With a knack for finding new angles to tried-and-true R&B trends, Jason Derulo launched his career while still in his teens, first as a songwriter for other artists and later as a solo performer. Born to Haitian parents in Miramar, Florida, he started singing at an early age. He attended performing arts schools in Florida and took some early stabs at music composition, writing his first song at the age of eight. His writing skills began attracting attention, and by his teenage years, Derulo had begun composing tracks for artists like Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and Pleasure P. He also wrote “Bossy” for Birdman, a New Orleans-based rapper, and made a guest appearance on the song, highlighting his ability as a vocalist.
After signing to a subsidiary of Warner Bros., Derulo began making the transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to mainstream performer. His first hit arrived during the summer of 2009, when he wrapped a sample of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” (a song made popular by its appearance in the second season finale of The O.C., as well as the Saturday Night Live sketch Dear Sister) around a sleek modern soul beat. Titled “Whatcha Say,” the song topped the Billboard charts and cracked the Top Ten in multiple foreign countries, including Canada, Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. A second single, “In My Head,” peaked at number five in America, and Derulo’s full-length debut album arrived in early 2010. Future History followed in 2011, along with its hit single “Don’t Wanna Go Home.”
At the start of 2012, he embarked on the Future History Tour, but broke one of his vertebrae during rehearsals. As a result of his neck injury, he canceled the entire tour. Recuperating and reflecting upon his injury, he announced details of his new album and released the single “The Other Side” in April 2013. Derulo’s follow-up, “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, shot to number three on the pop chart during the summer of 2013, and the album Tattoos was released in September in most territories. The U.S. received a retooled version of the album in 2014 titled Talk Dirty. It featured several new tracks, including “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dogg, which reached the Top Ten in the summer of 2014. With guest spots from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and others, Everything Is 4 followed in 2015. The album featured the Top 10 single “Want to Want Me” and coincided with Derulo’s new job as judge on the 12th season of So You Think You Can Dance. ~ Jason Thurston & Andrew Leahey, Rovi.
Konpa Events” is a Haitian music and entertainment website that primarily focuses on giving Haitian artists exposure and a home for Haitian music lovers to go to for the most current information. KE offer rich content and continually strive to add more information to update its visitors on all the industry’s most talented artists. Be it an artists on the cusp, established artists or those of legendary stature; Konpa Events is a vehicle for artist to get their work out there to reach their target audience.
“Konpa Events” was born out of the vision of young Haitian entrepreneur, Wilfrid Petit-Frere on June 19, 2009 with the hopes of creating a new resource for artists and music lovers to connect. Wilfrid Petit-Frere felt there weren’t enough platforms where artists can showcase their talents without experiencing any red tape in attempt to accomplish their dreams. He wanted to create a platform where the artists can get maximum exposure and connecting them directly to their audience without any restrictions.
To date and with many years of development; Konpa Events has grown to become a reliable source and amongst the most valuable resources the industry has to offer. With over a million unique visitors per month, KE is one of the most widely visited Haitian music and entertainment website in the US and French speaking countries. Visitors can log on and ascertain all the latest happenings in the industry and keeping up with their favorite artists. Visitors also have the option to tune in and enjoy KE’s large music database while reading or viewing a multitude of engaging contents from;
Daily Music News, Interviews, Reviews, Videos, Entertainment news, Featured artists spotlight, Monthly Blogs, Event Photos, Music Database, Concerts, Festivals, Night Club Events and much more.
In addition to the site’s informative content, KE has recently launched an extension to the site; Konpa Events Tickets. KE is currently the only provider for online ticket sales to Haitian music, sports, outdoor events, and last minute tickets and hard to find tickets in the industry. KE guarantee the authenticity and delivery of the tickets promptly and great customer service should you encounter any issues.
Jean Léopold Dominique, (born 1931, Haiti—died April 3, 2000, Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Haitian radio journalist who , was one of Haiti’s most outspoken political commentators and a leading pro-democracy activist. In the 1960s he began work at Radio Haiti Inter, a prominent radio station that, under Dominique’s leadership, became an instrument of resistance to the tyrannical rule of the Duvalier family. Dominique eventually acquired ownership of the station. He was twice forced into exile—in 1980–86 and again in 1991–94—after angering Haitian government leaders. In what was widely viewed as a politically motivated killing, Dominique was shot to death by gunmen as he showed up for work at his radio station on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.
Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer Prize winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist. Pierre-Pierre is the executive director of the City University Graduate School of Journalism ‘s Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the co-host of the show Independent Sources on CUNY TV. He is the founder and publisher of The Haitian Times, an award winning English language newspaper based in Brooklyn that is considered one of the most important news sources for the Haitian Diaspora.
Pierre-Pierre spent six years as a staff reporter at the New York Times where he covered the New York Metropolitan area with special assignments in Africa and the Caribbean. He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for spot news for the New York Times coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. Prior to that Pierre-Pierre was a reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Lakeland Ledger. A native of Haiti, Pierre-Pierre is the author of “30 Seconds… The Quake that destroyed Haiti”, a book of photography that illustrates the wreckage of the January 2010 earthquake across Haiti.
Garry Pierre-Pierre is also the CEO of KREYOLFEST.
Saskya pronounced (Sa – Ski – Yah) Sky is a independent recording artist, singer/songwriter, actress and comedian based out of South Florida. Saskya’s journey to the entertainment industry began in 2009 when she recorded her first song “Touch Me”, which was entered in BlackPlanet.com’s “One Minute To Shine” contest. The contest was promoted world wide! When the contest came to an end, Saskya Sky was announced as the first place winner with over 1,200 votes.
Saskya performs locally in South Florida and has also traveled across to globe to perform. Saskya is continuously sought after to perform at events that cater to the Haitian community throughout in the USA & abroad. In addition to singing, Saskya previously performed as a principal actress in the musical stage play the “Sounds of Simon” which played for 8 shows in 2013 at the Studio Theatre in Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL. She is also a viral social media comedian. Saskya is currently a frequent performer at The Cabaret South Beach located at the famous National Hotel on South Beach.
Saskya was born in Thomassique, Haiti and began singing at a local church around the age of eight. She studied the voice of Celine Dion, the charisma and style of Fredrick Francois, and the greatness of Michael Jackson. Saskya was a 2014 college graduate holding a Degree in Business. Saskya also holds a valid USA passport. Saskya Sky speaks fluent English and Creole‘ as well as moderate French and Spanish.
Bélo is an absolute music phenomenon in his native Haiti and in the French West Indies as well. His catchy fusion of reggae-soul and traditional rhythms has proved extremely popular in Africa, Europe and the U.S. And now, after snapping up RFI’s 2006 “Découvertes” award, the promising young Haitian talent has his sights set on even greater things.
Murat Jean Belony – aka Bélo – was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, a city eight miles to the north-east of Haiti’s capital, Port-Au-Prince, on 29 October 1979. In a country where music is omnipresent in daily life (merengue, compas, zouk and carnival-style rara being just a few of the most widely listened-to style), Bélo soaked up various influences. And he proved to be particularly gifted for singing at an early age.
At the Collège Blaise Pascal, where he completed part of his secondary education, the budding young singer spent his break time practising popular reggae and ragga hits. Bélo went on to develop a veritable passion for reggae, becoming a major fan of Jamaican dancehall/reggae star Buju Banton and Haitian singers such as Alan Cavé and Eddy François. Bélo started out playing bass, then moved on to acoustic guitar which became his passport to the live circuit in Haiti.
With the support and encouragement of close friends and relatives, particularly his brother Charlot (who went on to become his manager), Bélo began an intensive series of concerts, building up solid live experience. In 1998, aged just 19, Bélo took to the stage to perform with the group Sokute at the Traditional Christmas Fair in Haiti. Fabrice Rouzier and guitarist Clément “Kéké” Bélizaire, from the group Mizik Mizik, spotted his vocal talent. Both were literally blown away by Bélo’s extraordinary voice. Meanwhile, Jean Marc Appolon, a renowned producer in Haiti, encouraged Bélo to begin work on a debut album.
Bélo embarked upon various collaborations with other artists and went on to win a number of awards in Haiti. He began to make an increasing name for himself on the local music scene, his growing following of fans appreciating his catchy compositions, his socially committed lyrics and his simplicity. In 2000, he went into the studio with the group Sokute and provided guest vocals on “Krazy About Music” (a track on the group’s album “Horizons”).
2005 : debut album
Bélo went on to focus his attention on his own solo career, beginning work on his debut album, “Lakou Tranquil”. The album, eagerly awaited by fans in Haiti and the French West Indies, was released in Haiti in August 2005. It featured a strong reggae flavour, impregnated with soul and Haitian “roots” influences. “Lakou Tranquil” took the airwaves by storm and radio and television stations were soon playing several tracks from it, notably “Match”, “Dioré”, “Lov pou Lov” and “Jasmine”.
The talented young singer, songwriter and composer attracted a major youth following, teenage music fans identifying with his powerful songs criticising general living conditions in Haiti and calling for national unity. “Lakou Tranquil” led to Bélo being named Haiti’s “Best Newcomer of the Year” in 2005 (votes coming in from Radio Métropole, Radio Ibo, the television station Télémax and Ticket Magazine). Thanks to his song “Tenza”, Bélo was named one of the “twenty top Francophone artists” at the Radioffonies contest, organised by Francodiffusion and the International Francophonie Organisation (as part of the Francophone Festival in France).
In November 2006, Bélo emerged as the winner of RFI’s “Découvertes” award ceremony, staged in Douala, Cameroon. The award spread his fame even further afield and when he returned to Haiti he was welcomed home as a national star. He had also earned himself a new nickname in Douala, his new Cameroonian friends dubbing him “Bélo Haiti”!
In January 2007, Bélo turned his attention to the live circuit, performing concerts across Haiti, the U.S., South America and Europe. After this, he put a great deal of time and energy into preparing his African tour which kicked off in May 2007 and took him to Bamako (Mali), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Niamey (Niger) and Accra (Ghana). Belo’s tour of Africa ended with a grand finale in Senegal on 11 May – the day Bob Marley died and thus a day commemorated with various events in Senegal each year. Bélo took advantage of this calendar coincidence and used his concert to pay a personal tribute to the legendary “father of reggae.”
After assuring such a hectic live schedule worldwide, Bélo took time off from performing to work on material for a new album, entitled “Référence”, which was released in the spring of 2008. He premièred songs from this new album to his Haitian fans first, performing a big concert at the Historic Sugar Cane Park, in Port-au-Prince, on 10 May 2008.
Many critics noted how the twelve tracks on “Référence” were far more accomplished on a musical level than Bélo’s debut and there was no doubt that the Haitian singer’s vocals were also much more assured this time round. Bélo extended his normal circle of musicians on his new album, too, working with the Argentine pianist Gabriel Saientz, the Costa Rican drummer Carlomagno Araya and the Hispanic/Venezuelan saxophonist Ed Callé. The American guitarist Andy Barrow and the renowned Cameroonian bassist and singer Richard Bona also put in guest appearances on “Référence.”
Conscious of his new-found role as a musical spokesperson for his compatriots, Bélo tackled a number of hard-hitting themes on his new album on tracks such as “Mwen bouke” and “Timoun Yo”, both songs on which he explored the destiny of Haiti’s children. On another highly topical song, “Pap Negosye” (which he wrote during his trip to Africa), Bélo urged young people to use condoms instead of having unprotected sex. It was clear that Bélo had not only developed a new musical maturity, but his songwriting has come on in leaps and bounds, too.
Bélo performed in concert at the Opus Café, in Paris, on 20 June 2008 and appeared at the Fête de la Musique the following night, playing in the gardens of the Ministère de la coopération, in Paris.
2010: concerts to rebuild
Throughout 2009, Bélo gave a long series of concerts that took him to New York, Algiers, Pointe-à-Pitre, Angouleme, Quebec and Miami. On 12 January 2010, he was in Guadeloupe when a massive earthquake hit Haiti. He immediately launched himself into a non-stop tour to raise funds to rebuild his country. He played in Vietnam, the United States, France and Morocco, travelling the world to rally people around the dramatic situation on his island. His efforts included two dozen concerts whose profits went directly to the Red Cross in Haiti.
On 15 March 2010, he performed in New York with stars like Yannick Noah, Angélique Kidjo and Mika. Together they raised 45,000 dollars to rebuild Haiti’s Jacmel Film School. On 24 April 2010, Bélo received the Sacem Special Caribbean Award for his track “Ti Jean”, interpreted in a duet with the Martinican singer, Saël, which is a call to send children to school to prevent them falling into the trap of violence.
2011: “Haïti debout”
Bélo’s third album “Haïti debout” was released in May 2011. He looked to Europe for the production, calling on some Afro-Parisian musical friends including Cameroonian guitarist Blick Bassy, Malian percussionist “Prince” Koné, his compatriot Harouna Samake on the kamele n’goni, and Beninese bass player, Patrick Ruffino. The arrangements on this energetic cocktail of Creole reggae testify to the live experience gleaned by Bélo over the years.
During the month of June 2011, Bélo took part in the Équation Musique tour initiated by the Institut Français and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie to promote emerging artists. His tour took him to Europe (Germany, Italy, UK, Romania, France) with two African singers, Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana) and Winyo (Kenya).
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When he first appeared on the Haitian musical scene at the beginning of the nineties, Beethova Obas was immediately considered as one of the most talented and inspired singer-songwriters of his generation. With his painful lyrics and sensuous melodies, Beethova Obas has forged an incisive blues which appeals to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Beethova Obas was born in 1964, under the dictatorial regime of François Duvalier. The youngest of five children, he was the son the painter Charles Obas. In October 1969, after having demonstrated in front of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Charles disappeared, never to be seen again. A passionate music lover, he left numerous instruments amongst the canvases in his studio, and it was in his father’s now deserted workplace that Beethova first picked up the accordion and the guitar and taught himself to play.
Interested in all Haitian musical genres, but also in jazz, Beethova Obas first made his name as a songwriter. Although he listened to compas, a sort of slow, typically Haitian meringue, he was also close to “rasins” (roots), the anti-government trend founded by Manno Charlemagne. In 1987, he teamed up with singer Emeline Michel, for whom he wrote, “Plezi mize”, a song which had a certain success. Following this, his younger brother Emmanuel won the “Konkou Mizik” contest with “Lage L”.
It was in dramatic circumstances that Beethova Obas gravitated from being solely a songwriter to singing his own songs. In December 87, as Manno Charlemagne was leaving home to go and record “Nwel Anmé”, a Christmas song some critical of the regime in power. A band of armed men shot him on his doorstep, wounding him badly. So Beethova recorded the song in his place. It was a huge hit. The following year, he was elected Best Young Singer by the jury of the Découverte RFI contest, whose president, Manu Dibango, was very impressed by this new voice on the Haitian music scene.
In 1990, now a well known artist in Haiti, Beethova released a cassette of his very first recordings, “Le Chant de liberté”. In July 91, during Martiniquan group, Malavoi’s tour of Haiti, Beethova became friends with Paulo Rosine. The latter was very impressed by the young Haitian’s talents and invited him to participate in the recording of their next album, “Matebis”, after which Beethova went on a triumphant Caribbean and French tour with the group. His collaboration with Malavoi put him on the international World Music scene and also enabled him to meet the people who were to help him produce his first album.
After his return to the relative calm of Haiti, came the putsch and the return to power of the military. Beethova Obas left to live in York York and Porto Rico for a while. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a priest, was reinstated as president in 1994 and, on the same occasion, Manno Charlemagne came mayor of Port-au-Prince. Beethova returned home with an album ready for release and the same year brought out “Si”, his second album but his first CD. It was enthousiastically received. Whereas in Haiti the young thirty year-old’s talents has been known long before “Si”, in Europe, and particularly in France, the album was a revelation. Critics and public alike were captivated by the beauty of his voice, the finesse of his compositions and the beauty of the melodies. A blend of blues, creole jazz and dance music with Brazilian undertones, the album delicately mixes a whole heap of influences and definitively establishes Beethova’s unique talent. Mario Canonge, a leading member of Malavoi, played piano on the album.
A truly international career began. He performed at the most important Francophone festivals including Bourges and La Rochelle in France, but also in Paris clubs such as the Chapelle des Lombards (April 94) and the Hot Brass (April 13th 95) as well as the Cafe de la Danse in November 96.
He followed up this first CD with a second, “Pa Prese”, released in May 97. Entirely in creole except for two tracks in French, “Si”‘s content is highly emotional. The session musicians included prestigious names such as Mario Canonge, again accompanying him, and the crème de la crème of the Parisian Afro-Caribbean scene, including bassist Thierry Fanfan (Martinique) and Etienne M’Bappé (Cameroon).
He played at a small venue, the Sentier des Halles, from February 3rd to 14th 98 then, after a Caribbean tour in June, performed at the Pirineos Festival Sur in Spain and the Nuits d’Afrique festival in Montreal in July.
In 1999, Beethova Obas released a fourth album, “Planet là”, devoted to a theme particularly close to his heart: the environment. In 2001, he appeared on “Haïtian Troubadour”, a compilation of the top Haitian artists, singing “Kalot.” Beethova, who from this point on began to divide his time between homes in the Caribbean and the United States, played at the Montreal Jazz Festival in June 2001.
In 2003, the Haitian singer appeared on “Découvrir”, a compilation featuring a selection of past winners of the RFI World Music award. Later that same year, Beethova Obas released his fifth album, “Kè’m poze”, which included an interesting cover of a song by his compatriot Toto Bissainthe. The album revolved around a vibrant mix of Cuban, Brazilian and Haitian rhythms, a fusion style he dubbed “cubhabra.”
In February 2006, the OAS (Organization of American States) appointed Beethova Obas as one of its peace ambassadors. The singer was responsible for organising a mass concert for peace in Port-au-Prince on 25 March 2006, which attracted a huge turn-out (over 10,000 music fans). On this occasion, Beethova took to the stage to perform one of his new songs, “Gad Devan.”
In 2007, besides performing concerts in Canada and Belgium, the Haitian star celebrated two decades in the music business, promising fans that he would soon put the finishing touches to a new album he had been working on for several years.
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Carlo Vieux, Richard Cavé and Mikael Guirand who had worked together in some area of music, almost simultaneously made the decision to further their education. Acknowledging that the state of their homeland, Haiti, was troubled and unstable, they each decided to leave and set their sites on the United States. Always driven by their passion for music, this small group reunited in New York to touch upon making their current past-time a potential career.
They soon found themselves surrounded by sound proof foam mats, extended boom of mics and a mixing board. To their surprise, each had the same desire to pursue their music and created the name for their band by the taking the first two letters of their first names Carlo Vieux , Richard Cavé and Mikael Guirand; alas, Carimi was born.
Hours and hours at the studio in the hopes of creating a new sound, one that was uncommon in the music industry at the time, the band found themselves putting on paper some profound, socially shared lyrics that encompassed the disorders of their native land. Haiti Bang, Bang, was released in the summer of 2001. Instantly, Carimi became a household name. They are known as one of the first younger generation digital bands to put out music that reflected upon the political pressures and the deteriorating security of Haiti. They had mass appeal to the Haitian diaspora who fled the country and through their allure lyrically, musically and of course sex appeal for the ladies, Carimi has thrived throughout the years.
Originated with 6, now there are 8. They included:
- Carlo Vieux: keyboard voice/leader
- Richard Cavé: keyboard voice/leader
- Michael Guirand: voice/leader
- Glenny Benoit: bass guitar
- Stanley Jean: tanbou
- Jean-Marie: conga
- Noldy Cadet: bass
- Marc C. Widmack: conga
- Alex Thebaud: percussion, voice
Carimi has received accolades from the International music scene, including Best Album of the Year. Carimi has risen to the top of the charts across the billboards in Haiti, Guadeloupe, Paris, French Guiana, Canada and parts of Europe. They became the first Haitian band to come out with a konpa mobile app.
- Bang Bang -2001
- Poze Aki -2002
- Nasty Biznis -2004
- Nasty Biznis: Live in Concert -2005
- Are U Ready? -2006
- Kite l’ Mache -2007
- Buzz -2009
- Invasion -2013
It was the 80’s, a quiet suburb of Port-au-Prince, where three friends who were destined to make history in Haitian music met. Every afternoon, a young Brutus would sit on his front porch and play the guitar. Garry Didier Perez, and his friend Patrick Martineau, often noticed him and one day invited him to come over Patrick’s house. They would meet every afternoon to listen to all genres of music and interpret their favorites. During one of their rehearsals, some beer bottles fell off an amplifier that was vibrating and shattered into a million pieces. The guys laughed at the fact that Patrick would have a hard time cleaning up the many tiny pieces off the granulated floor. They all exclaimed ZENGLEN (which means tiny pieces of broken glass) and from that day on this was their band’s name.
In 1989, the trio recorded “Koule Tan” (the color of time). Once completed, they took some tapes to several radio stations where hosts and listeners would become fans and fall in love.
Zenglen became one of the wonders of the early 1990’s as they released the hit song “Fidel” off of the album “An Nou Alèz.” In the song the band said that “change” is never easy and always faces obstacles, and resistance, but that they pledge to remain faithful (Fidel) to their mission which is to improve and modernize the Konpa rhythm.
The Konpa world was introduced to their new found stars like the guitarist and singer Brutus Derissaint and the lead singer Gary Didier Perez among others. In the song “Fidel” the band said: “Sé konsa se konsa se konsa la vi ya ye lè ou vle met chanjman reziztans tèt chaje.” Unfortunately after a U.S tour most of the band’s members abandoned ship and the band broke up into pieces like a real Zenglen.
In Miami Brutus never stop caressing the dream of keeping some of the pieces alive and had moved on with some attempts like the Zenglen Plus and a few solo albums in the 1990’s. Many musicians tried to help him to collect the pieces, but they often moved with their own projects like the creation of the band D-Zine. Nevertheless Brutus never lost faith and still remained fidèl (Faithful) to his mission by hiring more talented musicians each and every time. At the end of the century the acquisition of the drummer Richard Herard (Richie) and then singer Gracia Delva took Zenglen to the level of a very competitive Konpa band in the demanding market as they released the album “Easy Konpa” with nothing but major hits song that were going to move the band to the front burner of the industry. Ever since that time Zenglen hasn’t looked back despite the so many changes of personnel that occurred.
The album “Easy Konpa” was introduced to the public with the release of the video of the hit song “5 Dwèt” which boosted Zenglen to the top of the konpa scene. The song “B.S Productions” got the attention of the public as the song talk about unqualified show producers damaging the reputation of the bands. On that same album the band touched some subjects until then taboo as they talked about lesbians in the society in the song “Flannè Femèl” and drug used in the song “Ti Poud.”
In the following years Zenglen continued to amaze the Konpa fans all over the world with the releases of the albums “Let It Groove,” “Do It Right,” “5 Etwal.” The latest album, “5eme Vites,” sung by current lead vocalist Kenny Desmangles, touches subjects on society, relationships with top notch konpa, and proved again why critics have praised them as the Konpa University.
Over the years the Konpa observers have seen broken pieces that continued to break in even more pieces, but the band remains solid and true to their mission: Zenglen doesn’t change…Zenglen improve. Like they often say in their songs “Sé pa changé nou changé, se pi bon’n vin’n pi bon.
(Contributor: Staff Poze aka Konpa Anbassador)
With a unique sound, brilliant lyrics, and a devoted fan base, Klass is the up-and-coming Haitian band. Their first album, Fe’l Vini Avan, has been a huge hit, putting them on the musical map in Haiti, the United States, and beyond, and their following grows with every show they do.
Klass was founded in April of 2012 by Maestro Richie. A man of many talents, Richie is a highly respected Haitian musician. Whether playing the drums or singing the vocals, crafting the songs or acting as producer, Richie is Klass’ bedrock.
THE KLASS ROSTER
But Klass isn’t about one person — Klass is about collaboration, and every band member brings a vital talent to the band’s sound.
- Jean H. Richard (Maestro Richie): drummer
- Edersse Stanis (Pipo): lead singer
- Louixéne Floristal (Pozo)
- Nuxon Mesidor (Nixon)
- Wid Pierre (Carlo Cheveux)
- Sorel Sanson (Soso brezo)
- Kevin Gaippe (Belkod)
- Jean Pierre Francisque
- Abdel Lafrance
- Seth Merlin
- Grorges Lavaud: (sound)
- Hervé Bastien: (manager)
Ricot Amazan better known as Ti-Tanbou was born in Haiti on June 3rd. At an early age Ti-Tanbou fell in love with music. His parents discovered how passionate he was about the craft and being the only musician coming out of a religious family; they tried their best to discourage him from pursuing a career in popular music.
After many efforts to deter him from pursing a career in music, his parents reluctantly gave in and allowed him to continue with the condition that he only plays music for church. Ti-Tanbou compromised and partook in his Baptist church band playing the congas drum. From there he develops his style and technique and gain a lot of live performance experience.
As Ti-Tanbou got older he started venturing into different styles of music and soon after he received a call from his friends who were forming a Compas Direct band by the name of 509. The name 509 was chosen because it’s the area code of their native land, Haiti. He spent a few years with them and later joined a series of bands in the Haitian Music Industry (HMI) such as Djakout Mizik, Beljaz, Disip and T-vice.
During his tenure as T-Vice’s Conga player, he exercised his talent as a song writer and producer, he also again a lot of experience in the business aspect and its operation. In 2014, after 22 years of service to other bands, he decided it was time to form and develop his own band. Ti-Tanbou reunited with some old band mates and friends to form the band Dat7. They quickly hit the studio to record their up coming album.
His aspiration is to do something he loves that can provide for his family as well.
When asked why he formed Dat7?
“I just want to play music for all music lovers to enjoy and I wanted to do it where I can grow. I’m a very ambitious person so I don’t like obstacles. I’m all about growth, priority and principle.”
Dat7 debut album is scheduled for release in 2015.
Djakout #1, is one of the most popular Compas bands from Haiti. In the later 1980’s original founder Dominique Lauture after winning an American Airlines jingle contest, decided to evolve in a direction that was now becoming the craze in Haiti, and form a group playing modern compas, with upbeat rythms and lyrics that the mass could both relate and identify with. This evolution is now what we know to be called the New Generation of Compas. In the 1990’s the band changed direction, and under the direction of renown guitar player Claude Marcelin, the band had a more solid repertoire, and included younger less renown musicians (at the time) such as Gracia Delva, and Edzer Charlemagne (T-Pouch)… this was the stepping stone to the building of a solid and fruitful road. The band shortly after released their new CD titiled “Dedouble”. This song sure enough became one of the top 10 hits of Haiti at that time. Djakout #1’s breakthrough came shortly after with the release of their second cd titled “Moso Lanmou” the mega hit on that CD was “Ma Seule Folie” which sure enough opened the doors to the band as it was through the release of this popular CD that the band travelled to perform overseas.
In June 1998 the band under the Label Antilles Mizik toured the United States, and released their 3rd CD Titled “ Septieme Ciel” another very popular cd, at the time which was well received by all Compas Fans, and especially those fans of the Newer Generation. By the release of this CD the band occurred several changes, due to the unrest in Haiti, as well as for personal reasons, and family obligations many musicians were forced to leave Haiti, and migrate overseas. It was during that time that musicians such as David Dupoux, Gracia Delva, and Claude Marcelin departed whereas musician such as Auguste Duverge, slowly but surely made his presence in the band known. For the next two years the band took a more solid direction and under management of Philippe Lebrun, Dominique Lauture, Claude Lebrun Jr,, Patrice Millet, and Carel Alexandre the band achieved a level of notoriety that they never thought they could imagine.
By year 2000, the band had an official roster, and new vision. The musicians included orginal founding players Tony Jean Baptiste, Edzer Charlemagne (T-pouch), Philippe Monfort (Bibol), Auguste Duverge (Pouchon), Rolls Laine(Roro), Louimane Absolu (Mamane), Herve Antenor (Shabba), and Reginald Bastien(Ti Regi). Together these musicians became an unstoppable force on the Industry. In the late 2001 early 2002 the band released their 4th cd “La Familia” which proved all people who questioned how much of an impact they could have attained. In addition to improving the sound, they embarked on a massive marketing approach that in turn lead the way for their 5th cd Manniguetta which was released in 2005. This cd featured the MEGA HIT “Biznis Pa’m” that broke all cultural and social barriers in our community. It was in fact the song that created the trademark for the band as Djazz Peyi-a (the Country’s Band). By this time the band was already touring the US, Canada, France, both greater and lesser Antilles, and the Caribbean. Little did they know that soon enough they were to be featured in 2007 on MTV with Wyclef Jean at New Years Eve at Time Square in NY. It was that same year they released “JISTIS” and were also were a featured band in Central Park in NYC during the summer. All in all the band still working, still producing Mega Hits, and Electrifying the Carnival in Haiti year after year winning awards at Carnival Champions back to back.
2010, the band at a crossroads both under new management, and tormented by the sadness that has plagued their native homeland, out of compassion for the victims of the January 12th earthquake that took the lives of many people, the band released their most recent CD titled “PWOFITE” (seize the moment). The musicians hope this CD to be their most impressionable endeavors, and although we will never truly be able to ever live our lives as we have in the past, they hope through sounds, melodies, and through their lyrics, and harmonies…they can encourage everyone everywhere whether victims of tragedy or not, seize the moment!
2011 The band had two exhilarating performances in 1 month. The month of May proved to be very exciting as the band headlined at both the New Orleans Jazz festival as well as the prestigious Zenith in Paris, France. In 2012 the band celebrated the successful release of band member Herve Antenor’s (alias Shabba) second solo cd, in which all members of the band participated. In 2013, in addition to have been recognized as the band who has participated most frequently in the Haitian Compas festival’s 15 years of existence, they were awarded Carnaval Champions in Haiti twice in one year! At both the National Carnaval held in February as well as the Carnaval des Fleurs held in July. They made front page news as Carnaval champions and were formally recognized by the Haitian president himself. At present they are looking forward to actively participating in many more concerts and events in both the USA and Overseas, and have also renewed their endorsement agreement with Digicel telecommunications, Haitian Cigarette manufacturer Comme Il Faut, and Haitian Rum manufacturer Rhum Bakara .
Born in 1966, Tanya Saint-Val grew up in the music world. When she was still only a little girl, she was already imitating her grandmother singing operetta. Aged nine, she sang on an album of traditional music with her father, a guitarist, singer and professional composer.
After a spell with the Vikings de Guadeloupe, she joined the Daniel Forestal orchestra, where she met Dominique Zorobabel, a future singer with Zouk Machine. At the same time, she continued singing Ella Fitzgerald songs at local dances in Guadeloupe. She then met Pierre-Edouard Décimus, manager of the group Kassav, who introduced her to the French Caribbean recording studios, where she soon got regular work as a backing singer.
In 86, After several months touring with Experience 7 and Zouk Machine, she brought out her début album, “Tanya Saint-Val”, a deliberately zouk production which she followed up two years later with a second album with the same title.
Following a third solo album in 89, “Zouk à Gogo”, which contained the hit single “Lanmou kréyol”, in 91 she brought out “Soul Zouk”, a subtle blend of zouk and soul with contributions by Jacob Desvarieux, Patrick Saint-Eloi, the ever-faithful Willy Salzedo, and Jean-Michel Rotin, to name but a few. The album put Tanya Saint-Val on the map outside the confines of the French Caribbean world, and was in the Top 50 (the French charts) for 14 weeks.
1994: “Pou Zot”
For her second album for a multinational record company (Phonogram), the beautiful singer from Guadeloupe wrote the three titles which comprised “Pou Zot”, released for the Christmas market in 1994.
At the same time, she worked with Willy Salzado on a new album, “Mi”. That same year, she went on tour with French rock singer Johnny Hallyday, with whom she sang a duet.
She became more and more a part of the French music scene and in 95 she did support act for Michel Sardou. But she went back to her roots the following year with(still on the Phonogram label) the “Améthiste” album, another collaboration with Jean-Michel Rotin.
After taking a break from the music scene (which ended up lasting several years) Tanya Saint-Val made a major comeback at the end of 1998 with an album entitled “Secret”. “Secret”, which found Tanya branching out in a new direction and experimenting with ‘zouk-love’, nevertheless tackled some heavy subjects such as the abolition of slavery and the question of Antillais identity (on the song “Solitude”). “Tant de temps”, Tanya’s moving duet with Sonia Dersion, also evoked the subject of childhood. Tanya Saint-Val declared that “Secret” was her most “personal” album to date. The singer supervised absolutely everything on the album except the musical arrangements (which she left in the very capable hands of Frédéric Wurtz).
Tanya Saint-Val brought the house down when she performed at Le Zénith in Paris on June 2nd 2000, inviting an impressive list of guest stars including Dédé Saint-Prix and the Bisso Na Bisso collective fronted by French rap star Passi up on stage with her. (Interestingly enough, Tanya had guested on Bisso Na Bisso’s album, “Racines”, in 1999.
Tanya returned to the music news in 1999, taking part in Passi’s Bisso Na Bisso project for which she earned a gold disc. The following year the Antillaise diva celebrated 15 years in show business performing a special concert at Le Zénith in Paris on 2 June 2000. The concert which included guest appearances by a host of Tanya’s music friends – including French rapper Lady Laisttee, Bisso Na Bisso, Dédé St Prix and Akiyo – was broadcast live on television in the Antilles. A live album of the show was also released to mark the occasion.
Six months after the birth of her twin sons, Tanya Saint-Val returned to the forefront of the music scene in 2002 with a new album entitled “Ansanm”. This joyous zouk offering, which included a few forays into the blues universe the singer loves so much, featured contributions from a host of leading music stars including the Haitian singer Emelyne Michel and renowned Antillais artists Frédéric Caracas, Dominique Panol and Dominique Coco. For the first time in her career Tanya also chose to sing a song by her father, Tino Saint-Val and made a brief trip down memory lane with a superb cover of her first ‘zouk love’ hit, Sa mwen ka mandéw (which she had originally recorded some 15 years ago).
Her warm, sensual voice and incontestable professionalism have made Tanya Saint-Val one of the most glamorous stars of French Caribbean music.
On 16 December 2002, Tanya took to the stage at the legendary Paris music venue L’Olympia for a special one-off concert.
In 2003, Tanya travelled further afield, performing a number of concerts in the United States and Canada. A few months later, she scooped two “Sacem Guadeloupe” awards, picking up an award as “Best Female Artist of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year.”
In 2004, Tanya teamed up with fellow Antillaise star Dominique Zorobabel (from the group Zouk Machine) and the pair went into the studio to record “Noël Gospel.” The album, released in the run-up to Christmas , featured a series of Christmas classics and personal compositions set to funky zouk, R&B and ragga rhythms. But the duo claimed their songs of praise and message of peace and love were not limited to the festive season. (Indeed, a sequel to “Noël Gospel” could soon be in the pipeline).
Six months later, Tanya Saint-Val fans were treated to “Paris > New York > Live”, a double album recorded live at the legendary Sob’s in Manhattan. On this prestigious occasion the Guadeloupean star was accompanied live on stage by the Haitian group New York All Stars. The show revolved around knock-out performances of most of Tanya’s hits and also included a moving rendition of “Edith” (a song her father wrote as a tribute to Edith Lefel, the popular Caribbean singer who died at a tragically young age in January 2003).
On 10 May 2006, Tanya Saint-Val headed out to Senegal to take part in the first International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. As part of the commemorations, Tanya performed a special concert on the isle of Gorée with Jacob Desvarieux, Angélique Kidjo and Youssou N’Dour.
Tanya ended the year with two major concerts, performing at the Atrium in Fort-de-France and the Arts Centre in Pointe-à-Pitre where she wowed the crowd with her “100% zouk – 100% TSV” show.
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Brooklyn-Born Haitian Singer-Songwriter,Flutist, arranger, producer, actress and teacher; Melanie Charles has been building a buzz since 2010 performing internationally and being featured on albums alongside artist such as Gregory Porter, Jose James (under the direction of guitarist/Producer Nicola Conte), Lakecia Benjamin, Jesse Fischer, Laura Izibor and many other Soul, Jazz and contemporary artists.
A proud graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (the Fame School), as a flute major, Melanie discovered her talent for writing, and musical theatre. Melanie traveled to Germany and Russia with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus as a soloist and won a number of international competitions during the tour. Fresh out of high school, Melanie toured Italy with the “Smooth Groove Band” as lead vocalist and flutist. During her 4 years in High school and through college Melanie studied Classical Voice with Nkenge Simpson-Hofmann (of Motown The Broadway Musical) and was a featured soloist with the City Wide Youth Opera directed by Andres Andrade.
Melanie’s College Music Study
A year later Melanie was accepted to the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the tutelage of jazz masters such as Reggie Workman, Bobby Sanabira, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper. At the New School, she discovered her voice as a strong improviser, song interpreter, and arranger. During her time at the New School, Melanie also toured Europe singing back-up for Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, while opening up for John Legend, Maxwell, India Arie, Chrisette Michele, and Joe.
Melanie is also very proud of her Haitian roots.
In 2009 Melanie performed in the Haitian Women in Jazz Festival alongside, the “Queen of Haitian Song” Emeline Michele, and Pauline Jean. From then on, Melanie has shared the bill with, Mushy Widmaer, Bonga and the Vodou drums of Haiti, Rigaud Simon, Mozayik, Bethova Oba, Jowee Omicil, and many more. In October 2011, Melanie had the opportunity to sing the Haitian National Anthem at the Donna Karan Urban Zen fundraiser in front of President Martelly, Wyclef Jean and a room full of Haitian and American dignitaries. Melanie has also performed many times with Haitian Jazz and Roots saxophonist Buyu Ambroise and is featured on a beautiful Haitian classic called “Vacance” on his latest album entitled “Jazzpora”. Melanie wowed audiences in last years Haitian Jazz Festival in Haiti. Melanie will be releasing her debut Haitian Roots Album next year.
Melanie Charles and The Journey Project
Melanie’s own mix of Soul and Jazz. The 7 piece project was created in 2008 and releaed its debut album in 2010
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Jean Fredly Baptiste ou encore Fredly Jean Baptiste, homme de media et très populaire en haiti, photographe pro, journaliste, et opérateur culturel, passé de présentation avec sa voix, son intelligence, son savoir-faire et son faire savoir. Il est issu d’une famille chrétienne, fils de Dorcean Baptiste et de Evelyne Daniel Baptiste. Il est natif de Port-au-Prince. Fredly a vu le jour le 31 Mai 1987, Il est le cadet de la famille Baptiste (Port-de-Paix), composée de quatre enfants, son frère aîné Fred-Aster Baptiste, Sa sœurette Lovelyne Linsee Baptiste et Mike Hammer Dor Baptiste, le benjamin de la famille.
Fredly Jean Baptiste, personne responsable et père de Giovanhi Alejandro Baptiste (48 mois), vit en couple avec Jessie Petit-Frère. Homme sage, respectueux, humble, honnête, vigilant, ami de la vertu et la morale.
Il a fait des études en communication sociale et a aussi de l’expérience dans la science de la gestion et l’entreprenariat. Fredly Jean Baptiste, dès son jeune âge s’est familiarisé avec le micro à l’église où il a été l’animateur vedette de la jeunesse et a assuré avec aisance l’animation de spectacles et d’autres activités organisées à l’église Méthodiste Libre de Delmas 53 et celles de la mission.
Il a connu les couloirs de plusieurs radios de la capitale. En 2009, Il débute sa carrière de journaliste à radio nouvelle génération. il a animé en duo une émission baptisée “Macky Ville” ou il passé environ une année avec l’équipe du Sénateur Youri Latortue.
En 2010, il a intégré “Radio Digital FM”. Dix mois plus tard, il a pris le cap à RCH2000 et de là étant il a reçu un appel de Frantz Duval, le proprio de Ticket Magazine, et rédacteur en chef du quotidien “Le Nouvelliste”, respectivement directeur de Visa FM et Radio Magik 9, il a travaillé à titre d’animateur et a présenté <<Magik Night>> à tendance compas direct sur Magik 9, tous les soirs. C’est à ce moment que Fredly Jean Baptiste s’est imposé dans le milieu et il à commencé à prendre de l’aile dans le domaine de la radiodiffusion.
Aidé par Gazzman Couleur, un an plus tard, Bernier Sylvain, Ex-directeur de la Radio Télévision Nationale d’Haiti (RTNH) ainsi connu sous le nom de BS ou encore baron samedi, a fait appel à lui, question de continuer de promouvoir la philosophie “souffle nouveau” que BS a prôné avec une équipe de jeunes très dynamiques et talenteux. Après deux ans sans salaire en tant que fonctionnaire public, sous la présidence de Michel Joseph Martelly. Il a divorcé avec la RTNH et de là il a profité d’observer un moment de silence dans le métier.
Après ce temps mort, il a fait son come back à radio Planet Kreyol de Carl-Henry Desmornes, ou il a eu un passage éclair, un mariage qui n’a pas fait long feu entre les deux parties, peut-être environ 3 mois.
Quelque mois plus tard, le directeur d’opinion Fredly Jean Baptiste a rejoint l’équipe de Maxime Moussignac, frère aîné de <<Patrick Moussignac>> ou il a animé l’émission phare de la radio Energie FM, qui, dans le temps a connu un grand succès avec son vieux compère “Leroy (Wawa) Woodnave.
Récemment soit en septembre 2015 Fredly a annoncé officiellement sa démission de “Radio Énergie FM”, (101.7 FM à Port-au-Prince) après environ 2 ans comme présentateur de la randonnée quotidienne “CompasMania” diffusée de 10h à 1h pm, qui fait la promotion du #Compas, il a décidé de mettre un terme à cette aventure pour des raisons personnelles et professionnelles, a-t-on appris sur son compte twitter. Une décision qui a été prise conjointement avec la direction de la radio. Il a fait les beaux jours de “Compasmania”.
De rechef après trois (3) mois, il a publié sur ce même compte Twitter: “Désormais et ceci jusqu’à nouvel ordre, retrouvez-moi (Fredly Jean Baptiste) tous les jours du lundi au samedi entre 10 et 12h du mat à #Exit104 avec Edzer (Ed) Cesar sur le 104.9Mhz #RFM ou encore sur www.rfmhaiti.com #Audionow: 712 832 8416 et aussi via #TuneIn http://tun.in/seUlY , Passez l’message” a-t-il déclaré sur les différents réseaux sociaux.
Dans notre HMI on peut parler de musiciens chanteurs et instrumentistes qui sont considérés comme soi-disant des mercenaires, tels est le cas de: Dabenz Chery, Black Easy, Delice, Gabriel Laporte, Eder (Pipo) Stanis, et bien d’autres encore, peut-on répertorier l’animateur vedette Fredly Jean Baptiste comme l’un d’entre les mercenaires dans la catégorie Radiodiffusion?
La rédaction de OPAMUSIC souhaite à Fredly Jean Baptiste une bonne stabilité, constance et régularité et aussi un succès continu dans sa carrière de journaliste.
A product of the new cultural fabric of Haiti, 20 year old Sophomore Student at Boston University.
Sandro Martelly aka “T-MICKY was born into a Musical family with a passion for Music, he prides himself as being a young student in the game.
To introduce himself to the world, he produced a solid freshman album titled “Pa Chachem” under Big O Prod. The album was well received all over the franco-afro-caribbean territories.
With a long career ahead of him, he has refocused his music targeting the youths of his generation and younger, While hoping to attract all generations.
T-Micky is enjoying his artistic journey doing music that feels good to the soul.
She is the reigning queen of Haitian song. A captivating performer, versatile vocalist, accomplished dancer, songwriter and producer. She has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, North & South America, and Africa for the past 15 years. Singing both in French and Haitian Creole, her seven CDs, Douvanjou ka leve (May the Sun Rise), Pa gen manti nan sa (There’s No Doubt), Rhum & Flamme (Rum & Flame), Tout Mon Temps (All My Time), The Very Best, Ban’m pase (Let Me Pass), and Cordes et Ame (Strings and Soul) have catapulted her to international acclaim.
Emeline Michel is beloved by Haitians for combining traditional rhythms with social, political and inspirational content. She is a member of a new generation of Haitian musicians which also includes guitarist/vocalist Beethova Obas and the bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Guinen. In contrast to most contemporary Haitian music, this new wave of artists emphasize complex themes, conscious lyrics, and a broad pallette of musical styles, including the native Haitian compas, twoubadou and rara along with jazz, rock, bossa nova and samba.
Born in Gonaives, Haiti, her first experience in music was singing gospel music at the local church. After completing her education, Emeline accepted an opportunity to study at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti as a professional musician. Emeline soon released her first album Douvanjou ka leve (May the Sun Rise) which featured the hit Plezi Mize (Pleasure in Misery) written by Beethova Obas. Subsequent releases Tankou melodi (Like a Melody) and Flanm (Flame) established her as one of the top artists in Haiti and the French Antilles, and she was soon hailed as the “new goddess of Creole music”.
Relocating to France, she became a leading musical icon, performing at venues such as the Jazz Festival of Nice and Theatre de la Ville, making numerous appearances on French television and gracing the covers of many music and culture magazines.
From her new base in France, Emeline’s work quickly spread throughout the french-speaking world; including Belgium, Africa, French Antilles, French Guiana, Quebec, as well as Chile and Japan. From the album Tout Mon Temps (All My Time) came her international smash hit A-K-I-K-O. While set to an infectious dance groove, the song call’s for Haiti to look past the political turmoil that has recently gripped the nation and to return to a time of innocence and joy.
After signing to a Montreal record label she began a high profile five years as one of the leading young female vocalists working in Quebec and a regular act for Canadian festivals, radio and television. In 1996, she released the album Ban’m Pase (Let Me Pass), a CD which showcased her developing talents as a mature writer and producer. This huge-selling and influential release featured the international hits
Ban’m Pase and Mwen bezwen (I Need You), fully incorporated her jazz/blues/samba influences, and secured her position as one of the leading songwriters in the Haitian Creole language.
After being signed with several record labels in France, Canada and the U.S., Emeline formed her own production company (Production Cheval De Feu) in 1999 to gain full control of her career and artistic vision. Emeline’s latest CD Cordes et Ame is a ground-breaking recording for a Caribbean artist. A sophisticated song-cycle centered around the theme of perseverance, the CD features the sound of voice & acoustic guitar bathed in the ancient and modern rhythms of Haiti. Soon after its release, the album became the fastest selling recording in Haiti (surpassing even the dance music giants of compas) and received Haiti’s Musique En Folie awards for Best Haitian Album and Best Production for the year 2000.
Four years later, Michel released Rasin Kreyol (Creole Roots), and “Beni Yo” (“Bless Them”) became an encouraging anthem during the country’s political turmoil.
Michel released Reine de Coeur (Queen of Hearts), which was recorded in Haiti, New York, Montreal and Burkina Faso with a stable of 35 musicians.
Over her career, Michel has performed for the Clinton Global Initiative, NPR, CBC Radio, Canadian television and at festivals like Reggae on the River and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, as well as New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Alan Cave was destined for the stage and for a life in music. He is an artist born of artists. He lives of and for music. How could it have been otherwise? Art is what he knows and what he breaths.
His late mother, Yanick, was a gifted painter whose work grace many walls in the US and in Haiti. She was also a poet, novelist, and decorator who taught Alan the importance of simplicity and clarity, a lesson that he skillfully applies to his songwriting. Yanick was also a singer though she kept that talent hidden but to a few of her close friends and family members.
Syto Cave, Alan’s father and mentor, not only enrolled his son to study with reputable music teachers and voice coaches, but he took Alan with him on tour to many countries.
As a teenager, Alan Cave was already well schooled in the art of entertaining the public.
For years, he had been watching backstage as his dad sang, recited poetry, and told stories from Port–au-Prince to Fort-de-France, to Pointe-à-Pitre, to Paris, to Montreal, and beyond.
Although his debut was an accidental event, Alan quickly learned to feel at home on the stage. One summer, while accompanying his father on tour, Alan was forced to jump on stage to fill in for a performer who had taken ill. That was in Martinique, where his father was performing alongside other artists as part of a large production. He performed Boulo Valcourt’s signature song “La pesonn“, penned by Syto Cave. At the end of that unscheduled performance, he had received a standing ovation, and realized that he was born to sing. That day, Alan Cave became a household name in Martinique. He was just Eighteen years old.
By the time Alan auditioned for ZIN, he not only was ready for the spotlight, but the spotlight was ready for him. By then, he had been playing his guitar and writing songs for years. ZIN is the vehicle that brought Alan Cave to the forefront of most Haitians’ consciousness. For almost twenty (20) years, Alan Cave has been the voice of ZIN but he has also established a different voice: his own.
That voice would have been heard no matter what. No one knows for sure how long it would have taken that voice to be identified as one deserving of attention. But one thing is certain; Alan Cave possesses a voice that commands attention. His is a voice that can not be denied. ~Ronald
Best known for her roles on both the big and small screens, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. Since the summer of 2011, Garcelle has been co-starring alongside Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as ‘Hanna Linden’ in the TNT legal drama “Franklin & Bash.” Season two begins this coming June, and her film FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington is due out this fall. Garcelle also recently wrapped a role across Isaiah Washington in the David E. Talbert play SUDDENLY SINGLE, which was filmed in front a live audience and will air on BET in September. She is now preparing to shoot the independent film SMALL TIME alongside Chris Meloni and Bridget Monahan, directed by Joel Surnow. In addition to her busy schedule as an actress, Garcelle’s been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled ‘I AM,’ addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book ‘I AM MIXED,’ about being siblings of mixed ethnicities, is due out this summer.
Garcelle began modeling at the age of seventeen and easily transitioned to acting in the Aaron Spelling series “Models, Inc.” After that, she co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
For four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” Other television credits include: a starring role opposite Tim Daly in the ABC television show “Eyes” and guest appearances on “Human Target,” “Crash,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show.”
Garcelle’s feature film credits include: the Film Independent Award-nominated “American Gun,” with Forrest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland, “Women in Trouble” with Simon Baker and Josh Brolin, “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” with Queen Latifah and “Bad Company,” opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. Garcelle also shot the short film “Eyes to See,” which focuses on the Haiti earthquake, inspired by the writer/director’s personal involvement with the Haitian relief effort right after tragedy.
Garcelle supports the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential. She is also active with March of Dimes, Children Uniting Nations, and Yele Haiti Foundation.
She currently resides in Los Angeles and has three sons, Oliver (21), Jax and Jaid (4).
Boukman Eksperyans ushered in a musical revolution with their Grammy-nominated debut album, Voudou Adjae. This brilliant release introduced the world to Boukmans worldly high energy sound fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. Voudou Adjae brought the band international prominence and made them spokespeople for Haitian people.
Since their emergence on the scene, Boukman has continued to release revolutionary critically acclaimed albums and mesmerize audiences World Wide from Haiti (where they draw tens of thousands of fans per show) to the Caribbean, throughout North America, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Africa both as a headlining act and alongside Wyclef Jean, Femi Kuti, and Baba Maal.
BOUKMAN Eksperyans was founded in 1978 by Theodore “Lolo” Beaubrun and his sister Marjorie ‘Nola’ Beabrun and Daniel ‘Dadi’ Beaubrun and Mimerose Beaubrun and members of various groups who launched the mizik rasin revolution in Haiti in the late 1970s. One of these groups was led by Fanfan Alexis, and included the future musicians of such groups as Group Sa, Foula, and Rara Machine. Beaubrun’s father was a comedian and was often referred to as the Bill Cosby of Haiti.Theodore Beaubrun (Languichatte Debordus) While on tour in the United States, he brought back a James Brown LP which left a lasting impression on young Lolo. After his parents divorced, he followed his mother to Brooklyn, New York. In the United States, he studied two years of Business Administration.
Lolo returned to Haiti in 1978, and there were bands playing music known as minidjaz. To Lolo, they seemed to pay no attention to song lyrics that dealt with reality. They were even accused of standing too close to the Duvaliers. When Lolo and Mimrose began to seek their musical goals, they felt a strong desire to incorporate the African element in Haiti’s culture into their music. They decided to combine roots music with vodou religious and musical traditions. The greater vision was to use their music to combine the structures found in common throughout world religions with Haitian vodou.
Lolo’s grandfather was deeply involved in vodou, but his parents never made this available to him. Lolo and Mimrose entered their first vodou lakou-s, a Haitian spiritual community, where they met musicians and singers. They also got their first real glance at the African culture of Haiti in the form it was handed down from members of various tribes. They founded a group to study vodou music, giving it the name of Moun Ife (“People of the Abode of the Deities”). Lolo stated that Bob Marley, another important musical inspiration, made him think. When he heard the Jamaican legend in 1976, he thought he could create something similar in Haiti withvodou. Lolo and Mimerose began to perform as a live act in the 1980s.
The traditional roots instruments were replaced by electric instruments, like the bass guitar and two guitars played by members Eddy François and Daniel ‘Daby’ Beaubrun, Lolo’s brother and the band’s chief arranger. In 1985, the group changed their name to “Boukman Eksperyans”, the name of Fan Fan Alexis‘s former band, of which Lolo was the lead singer. The name was a tribute to the Jamaican born slave leader Boukman Dutty, who launched the Haitian slave rebellion in August 1791. “Eksperyans” was in honor of the “high priest of rock music“, Jimi Hendrix. Since the beginning, starting with the first encounters made by the Beaubruns with deep African roots, Boukman Eksperyans has remained steadfastly linked to the Ginen (“Guinea“) vodou line. The band calls it vodou adjae after a vodou ceremonial dance. This was also the title of their first album, released in 1991.
Boukman Eksperyans first became famous in 1990 when they presented their song “Ke’m Pa Sote” at the Carnival celebration in Port-au-Prince. The song included the refrain “My heart doesn’t leap, I’m not afraid”. This song was a protest against the living conditions under the post-Duvalier interim military government of General Prosper Avril. After a young girl was shot dead by a soldier, this song became an out-and-out battle hymn admonishing the government. The band continued to write and perform rebellious songs. The band members were never directly threatened, but were advised ‘never go out at night’. When the military junta overthrew president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991, the band decided to leave the country for their own safety.
Riva Nyri Precil grew up in Haiti where she was exposed to traditional Haitian music at a young age.
She recently moved to New York from New Orleans where she graduated with a Music Therapy degree from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Riva embodies the beauty she sees in her heritage through her singing, dancing, jewelry designs and writing.
Riva continues to perform in New York City alongside her band Bohio Music, sharing what she’s learned from various cultures.
Her debut solo album which is a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, african tones, and jazz elements was released in March 2015.
Musically gifted, Sanders’ multi-faceted abilities have led him to become one of the Haitian community’s most sought-after musicians and producers at an early age. The Piano was Sanders’ first conquest and after mastering that at the ripe age of 14, he continued on to study music theory where his appreciation for another instrument blossomed, the Guitar. Now his favorite thing to play, practice, learn and perfect, the Guitar is what is setting Sanders apart from others.
Inspired by artists R. Kelly, Ne Yo, Carlo Vieux and so many others, it is Sanders’ Jazz influence that best shines through during his performances and as such the Guitar strings become a home away from home for him, his pure escape. Though many see Sanders as a young man, his maturity rivals that of others through his magical ways of inspiring hits.
A man of many talents, Sanders is also perfecting his skills in songwriting, composing and singing. Since graduating from S.A.E. – Audio Engineering School, he has taken up Sound Engineering, an endeavor that helps him lend a hand to other bands as they join the conquest of musical success. Sanders has collaborated with Sweet Micky, Zin, CaRiMi, Djakout Mizik, Djakout #1, Nu Look, Zenglen, Richie and many more.
Sanders’ dedication and musicianship have been key ingredients to Harmonik’s winning formula. As he entices loyal fans with his energetic stage presence and natural chemistry with fellow band members, Sanders continues to enhance the Harmonik experience with his immense talent.
As a child, Mac D spent his formative years mimicking the songs on the radio and the artists on the television. As family members gathered to watch him perform his own personalized talent shows, he knew singing was his forte.
Picking up a microphone seemed so natural for him with his first performance early on, and when his uncle asked him if he would be interested in sharing his vocals with actual audience members he was ecstatic. Learning the basics with a small group in Haiti named DigiNice, Mac D knew the stage would be his second home.
Finding a great opportunity with the well-founded group K-Dans, Mac D had the opportunity to perfect his craft by traveling within Haiti and the United States with the group before deciding that his educational future must be undoubtedly secure before continuing with a musical career. Although Mac D knew that music ran through his veins, he placed education at the forefront of his life before pursuing a musical career.
After a short hiatus to concentrate on his education, Mac D was approached by his friend Nickenson Prud’homme and the rest is history. Once together, the duo commissioned the likes of other well-groomed musicians and together Harmonik was born.
Mac D’s inspiration, which includes R&B and Salsa music, gives him a unique style that is different from other Konpa singers. His unforgettable voice and natural charm make him a magnet on stage and nothing can stop him.
Whether singing in French, Spanish, Creole or English, Mac D captivates countless fans with each breath-taking performance. Through his passionate Harmonik renditions of songs by musical icons such as Marc Anthony, Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson as well as his emotional delivery of Harmonik’s classic compositions, Mac D is a charismatic lead vocalist and entertainer.
Imagine growing up and hearing music with every rain drop that hit the ground. With every bird that sang you heard a tune, and with every car engine that revved you could sing to the beat. Only a true musician could feel harmony in every aspect of life. Such a musician is Nickenson Prud’homme. Music is a passion that since he could talk has flown through his veins with every thought, every word, and every action.
As his heart beat, Nickenson could feel a note from a Piano. Without a lesson, at the age of nine he began to play on a borrowed Keyboard and was able to quickly learn each sound that was owned by each black and white key. Without hesitation his enthusiasm to learn led him to play the Guitar, Bass, Conga and even Percussions, which he enjoyed equally.
Many will be surprised to know that his shyness would keep him in the backdrop for years before his confidence forced him to shine. At the astonishing age of 13, Nickenson distinguished himself as the Maestro for a small group called Explosif. There he learned how to lead, and realized that his zeal for music could actually earn him respect. From very humble beginnings, Nickenson was exposed to all facets of music by his Mother and Father who both played the guitar and his Uncle who led him to understand the power of music.
As the years progressed, Nickenson’s church would enjoy his melodic contributions before he joined Djakout Mizik at the age of 16. A little over a year later he decided to go on to play for a group called Tough before returning to Djakout Mizik again and finally joining Zenglen. It is at that moment, with this group that Nickenson would become a household name and after eleven years with the group he would achieve the assurance he needed to know that music was not only his first love, but also an impressive profession as well.
Within the dynamic group Zenglen, Nickenson was able to spread his wings and grow into the individual keyboardist that everyone now wants to share a stage with. Inspired by Ansyto Mercier and Fabrice Rouzier, Nickenson’s dream to be known as one of the best musicians the world has ever seen.
Nickenson has added his touch to many compositions that created a lifetime of memories for thousands of his fans with artists like Gloria Estefan , Black Dada, Djakout Mizik, Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Nu Look, Tabou Combo, CaRiMi, Zenglen, Disip, Mass Konpa, Warren, Jim Rama, Patrick Andre, Nichols, Fanny J, Sandra Nanor, Maya Cool, Milca, Les Mecenes and many more.
With Harmonik, his legacy continues.
In just seven years, the mega-talented Haitian band Harmonik has made a lasting impact on the world music stage. Like a Phoenix rising, Harmonik has been soaring since their establishment such a short time ago and shows no signs of slowing down.
Meeting simply to enjoy music together, Nickenson Prud’homme was able to convince friends Mackendy Talon (Mac D) and Sanders Solon to join him on stage to perform a collaboration of songs one night at his studio. Taking the enjoyment one step further, Nickenson persuaded the guys to join him on a small tour in the Bahamas in December 2007, where their collective interest in a joint effort was ignited. After their first official sit-down together, the proud birth of Harmonik began.
By their premiere debut on August 15, 2008, the Harmonik buzz had reached overseas to Haiti and throughout the United States in places like Boston, New York, Atlanta and California. In a matter of months this Miami-based band quickly became the Haitian Music Industry’s official boy band. With an unquestionable swagger, a distinct dapperness and a sincere charm, this trio has become more than the talk of the town.
Breaking barriers is what they aspired to do and with the release of their chart-topping freshman 2008 album, “Jere’m,” Harmonik opened doors to people’s homes as a fan favorite. Their popular double-CD entitled “Ka-Po-Té LIVE” was released in 2009, showcasing the band’s unique ability to deliver memorable live performances. “Let’s Go,” Harmonik’s sophomore studio album hit the music scene in 2011 and featured Soca Queen Alison Hinds on the title track. Harmonik ended 2012 strong with a sizzling music video for the new single “Mwen Bouke.” The group’s much-anticipated third studio album is due to be released in 2013 and promises to satisfy music lovers across the international market.
Fan appreciation is what drives Harmonik. With the support of true music lovers, their goal of becoming one of the Haitian Music Industry’s top bands and of crossing over and introducing Konpa music to the world, is absolutely attainable.
Getting “Harmonized” has become one of their slogans, so prepare to catch the Harmonik fever.
Haiti, stand up!
WANITO, the man known as, “The Voice of Haiti,” is preparing to reignite the Caribbean/Haitian Music Industry (HMI) with his sophomore album.
“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck,” best describes the talented artist, Louis Pascal Juanito. He is commonly referred to as the Haitian Bob Marley due to his writing style and the way he portrays Haiti through his lyrics. The young artist is able to bless any crowd with his versatile, energetic voice, his pure, spirited style and catchy lyrics.
Juanito, best known as his stage name WANITO, was born on April 21, 1988 in Jeremie, Haiti – a city approximately 186 miles southeast of the country’s capital. He was raised by his mother, until he moved to the Port-au-Prince to continue his secondary education at Lycée de National de Petion-Ville. Though he was very shy, he continued to follow his dreams by performing around students, friends, and family. Upon hearing his unique voice, his peers encouraged him to participate in talent shows like, “Konkou Chante Nwel,” a Christmas contest run by Telemax and “Digicel Stars” produced by Digicel, a Caribbean-based cellphone company. Although he didn’t make the finals of either competition, he wasn’t discouraged. Rather, it fueled the embers deep within him.
PeaceTones, a Boston-based NGO aims to empower musicians in developing countries by teaching them how to create, protect, and sell their music throughout the world. In April 2011 the NGO held a competition called, “Haiti Chante” (Haiti Sings). Gracefully, WANITO was declared the winner, and there, he found his break. With this victory, many doors were opened for him; the NGO brought him to the US to record his first-ever solo album. On December 2011, WANITO released “Biyografi Mwen” (My Biography).
His extensive involvement in the Haitian community made WANITO a star even before the album hit the market. In just five days, more than 2500 copies were sold, an unprecedented accomplishment in the HMI, a place where not everyone can afford to buy original CDs. Two songs from the album, “Gadon Rèv” and “Blokis” topped various FM radio stations within days of the album’s release. Very soon WANITO was trending. Many fans within the Haitian community recorded their own versions of “Gadon Rèv” before WANITO himself could even release the single’s video.
WANITO’s new single, “Bezwen Mennaj,” released on Sept 2, 2013, hit the air with 10,000 views in the first hour. The success of this new single continued with over 50,000 views of the music video online on its release date, September 9th. “Bezwen Mennaj” is now a catch phrase in Haiti.
The Haitian Parliament awarded WANITO the title, “Star of The Year,” during an official event witnessed by journalists, lawmakers, government officials and a collection of top Haitian artists. This was just the beginning of WANITO’s dream; he continuously performed across Haiti, lighting stages on fire with his dynamic, heartfelt performances. At the beginning of this year, WANITO was included on a list of the “Top 12 Personalities Of The Year 2011,” published by “Le Nouvelliste,” the oldest Haitian daily newspaper, alongside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was acknowledged for her deep commitment to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.
WANITO continues to surprise his fans and the media through his performances. He has made headlines in most of the widely-read newspapers, blogs, and on-line magazines in Caribbean/Haiti and in the Haitian diaspora. He has performed at the prestigious SOBs in Manhattan, NY, followed by a sold-out concert at Hollywood Live in Florida, and many Festivals in front of hundreds of cheering fans.
Performing regularly in front of crowded arenas of varying sizes, it is clear that Haiti and its diaspora have fallen in love with this young man, who remains humble and wise despite his unexpected success. WANITO is now on tour visiting Atlanta, New York, Boston, Canada, and Europe before the year’s end. Haiti celebrates his talent as a singer, composer, and songwriter. WANITO’s lyrics have something for everyone, poor or rich, young or old. WANITO aims to inspire everyone to follow his or her dreams. He believes that everything is possible if you put your mind to it—the proof is in his music. SA SE WANITO
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Haïti, levez-vous !
WANITO, l’homme connu comme, « La voix d’Haïti, » se prépare à relancer l’industrie de musique Caraïbes/haïtien (HMI) avec son deuxième album.
« La réunion vers la préparation avec des possibilités génère la progéniture que nous appelons chance, » décrit mieux le talentueux artiste, Louis Pascal Juanito. Il est communément appelé le Bob Marley haïtien en raison de son style d’écriture et de la façon dont il dépeint Haïti par le biais de ses paroles. Le jeune artiste est capable de bénir toute une foule avec sa voix souple et énergique, son style pur, fougueux et des paroles accrocheuses.
Juanito, mieux connu sous son nom de scène WANITO, est né le 21 avril 1988 à Jérémie, Haïti – une ville située à environ 186 milles au sud-est de la capitale du pays. Il a été élevé par sa mère, jusqu’à ce qu’il s’installe à Port au Prince pour poursuivre ses études secondaires au Lycée de National de Pétion-Ville. Bien que très timide, il a poursuivi son rêve en performant pour les élèves, les amis et sa famille. En entendant sa voix unique, ses pairs l’ont encouragé à participer à divers compétitions telles que «Konkou Chante Nwel, » un concours de Noël de Télémax et « Digicel Stars » produit par Digicel, une compagnie de téléphone cellulaire axée dans les Caraïbes. Bien qu’il n’ait pas fait partie des finalistes de cette compétition, il n’était pas découragé. Cela plutôt a alimenté les vives braises en lui.
PeaceTones, une ONG basée à Boston vise à habiliter les musiciens dans les pays en développement en leur enseignant comment créer, protéger et vendre leur musique à travers le monde entier. En avril 2011, l’ONG a lancé un concours appelé, “Chante Haïti” (chante Haïti). Gracieusement, WANITO a été déclaré vainqueur, et là, il trouva sa rupture. Avec cette victoire, beaucoup de portes ont été ouvertes pour lui ; l’ONG l’a fait rentrer aux États-Unis pour enregistrer son premier album. En Décembre 2011, WANITO a publié « Biyografi Mwen”(ma Biographie).
Son vaste implication dans la communauté haïtienne fait de WANITO une star avant même que l’album ait frappé le marché. En seulement cinq jours, plus de 2500 exemplaires ont été vendus, un exploit sans précédent dans l’IHM, un endroit où tout le monde ne peut se permettre le luxe d’acheter les CD originaux. Deux chansons de l’album, « Gadon Rèv » et « Blokis » ont dominé diverses émissions à différentes stations de radio FM dans les jours qui suivirent la sortie de l’album. WANITO était devenu une tendance. Beaucoup de fans au sein de la communauté haïtienne ont enregistré leurs propres versions de « Gadon Rèv » avant que WANITO lui-même puisse même libérer la vidéo du single.
Le nouveau single de WANITO, « Bezwen Mennaj, » sorti le 2 septembre 2013, frappe l’air avec 10,000vues dans la première heure. Le succès de ce nouveau single se poursuit avec plus 50 000 vues du clip en ligne depuis sa date de sortie, le 2 septembre. « Bezwen Mennaj » est maintenant un slogan en Haïti.
Le Parlement haïtien a décerné à WANITO le titre de « Star de l’année, » lors d’un événement officiel assisté par les journalistes, les législateurs, les représentants du gouvernement et une collection des meilleurs artistes haïtiens. C’est juste le début du rêve de WANITO ; Il a continuellement performé à travers Haïti, éclairant les scènes avec la chaleur de ses performances dynamiques et sincères. Au début de cette année, WANITO figurait sur une liste des « Top 12 personnalités de l’année 2011, » publiée par « Le Nouvelliste », le plus ancien quotidien haïtien, aux côtés de la Secrétaire d’État Hillary Rodham Clinton, qui a été reconnu
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WANITO ne cesse de surprendre ses fans et les médias par le biais de ses performances. Il a fait les manchettes dans la plupart des journaux lus, des blogs et des revues en ligne dans les Caraïbes/Haïti et dans la diaspora haïtienne. Il a participé au prestigieux SOB à Manhattan, New York, suivie d’un concert guichet fermé à Hollywood Live en Floride, ainsi que plusieurs Festivals devant les acclamations de plusieurs centaines de fans.
Performant régulièrement devant les arènes bondées de différentes tailles, il est clair qu’Haïti et sa diaspora sont tombés en amour avec ce jeune homme, qui reste humble et sage malgré son succès inattendu. WANITO est maintenant en tournée à Atlanta, New York, Boston, Canada et se rendra en Europe avant la fin de l’année. Haïti célèbre son talent comme un chanteur, compositeur et interprète. Les paroles de WANITO ont quelque chose pour tout le monde, pauvre ou riche, jeune ou vieux. WANITO vise à inspirer tout le monde à poursuivre ses rêves. Il croit que tout est possible si vous y mettez votre esprit, la preuve en est dans sa musique. SA SE WANITO
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- Position: Midfielder
- Date of Birth: 05/03/1986
- Age: 29
- Country: Leogane, Haiti
- Weight: 165 lbs
- Height: 5.8′
2006 Ajax Orlando Prospects
2007 Bradenton Academics
2008 Atlanta Silverbacks U23’s
2009 Chicago Fire Premier
2010–2011 FC Tampa Bay
2012-2013 Sligo Rovers
2014 Sheikh Russel KC
2014 Samut Songkhram FC
Pascal Millien is forward from Léogâne, Haiti… signed with the Armada FC on Jan. 29, 2015 … played high school soccer at Auburndale High School in Lakeland, Fla., and was an NCAA D-II All-American at University of Tampa … played for FC Tampa Bay (now the Tampa Bay Rowdies) in 2010 and 2011 … 30 caps for Haitian national team … speedy threat on the wing…named 2015 Player of the Year by Armada FC fans poll.
2015: Spring – Subbed in at LF in 75th minute for Jemal Johnson against FC Edmonton and had a yellow card in 89th minute (4/4) … subbed in at LF in 58th minute for Jemal Johnson at Fort Lauderdale (4/11) … started at RF at TBR (4/25) … started at RF vs. SAS and scored goal in fourth minute en route to being named Farah & Farah Man of the Match (5/2) … started at RF vs. IND (5/9) … started at RF at ATL (5/16) … started at RF at MNU and scored in the 71st minute (5/23) … started at RF vs. CAR and recorded three shots en route to being named Farah & Farah Man of the Match (5/30) … started at RF vs. OTT and recorded three shots and three SOG (6/7) … started at RF at NYC, recorded two goals in the 59th and 73rd minute and notched assist on Toby’s goal in the 89th minute en route to being named Farah & Farah Man of the Match (6/13)… Fall – Started at RF vs. MNU and recorded two shots (7/31) … started at RF at TBR and recorded a shot (8/8) … started at RF vs. CAR and recorded an assist on Akeil Barrett’s 33rd minute goal (8/12) … started at RF vs. ATL (8/15) … started at RF at SAS and took two shots while receiving at YC (8/22)…started at RF against SAS … started at RF at NYC recorded one shot on goal (9/12)…started at RF against FTL (9/16)…started at RF against TBR, scored 4th goal of the season and assisted Scaglia’s game winning goal (9/26)…started at RF and recorded on assist and two shots on goal against IND (10/3)…started at RF against FCE and scored 1 goal on a PK (10/17)…started at RF against OTT (10/21)…started at RF at FCE (10/25)…started at RF against FTL and recorded 1 shot on goal (11/1).
2014: Joined Bangladeshi club Sheikh Russel in February … scored three goals in seven league matches … netted two goals and notched five assists in helping Sheikh Russel to the AFC President’s Cup final … also played for Thai club Samut Songkhram FC, netting six goals and one assist in nine appearances.
2012-13: Signed with Irish side Sligo Rovers … made his debut in April and helped Rovers win the league title, qualifying for the 2012-13 Europa League … appeared 17 times and netted two goals … helped Rovers to FAI Cup title in 2013.
2011: Made his professional debut on 4/16/10 in FC Tampa’s (later renamed Tampa Bay Rowdies) first-ever game … made 52 appearances and scored five goals in two seasons with the club.
Attended Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky in 2006 … transferred to the University of Tampa … scored 25 goals and 30 assists in three seasons in helping lead the University of Tampa to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2008 … named to the Daktronics All-South Region first team, NSCAA All-South Region first team, Daktronics All-American first team, NSCAA All-American third-team, SSC All-Tournament Team, NCAA South Regional All-Tournament team, and NCAA National All-Tournament Team as a junior … was named to the NSCAA All-America Team, All-SSC first-team, Daktronics All-American second-team, Daktronics All-South Region first-team, NSCAA All-South Region first-team, and SSC All-Tournament team as a senior … also played in the USL Premier Development League while competing in college, making appearances for the Ajax Orlando Prospects, Bradenton Academics, Atlanta Silverbacks U23’s and Chicago Fire Premier.
A native of Léogâne, Haiti, Millien moved to Lakeland, Florida as a teenager … attended Auburndale High School, totaling 114 goals in three seasons with 40 assists … named 2005 Florida Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year.
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Weird taste in music…
Born in Saint-Claude Guadeloupe, Thierry Cham appears in 1986 in a show organised by “Kassav” the West Indian dream, in which he is a semi-finalist. From the encounter with the Kassav musicians, the group Kou Doubl will be born, which marks the real debut of this artist’s career. After two albums and the success of “JUMP UP” and “ENSEMBLE OU NON“ in 1993, THIERRY CHAM releases his first album the following year : “ULTIME CONFESSION”. The title “COUP DE FOUDRE” then meets with enormous success and is placed number one in all the hit parades of the Afro-Caribbean network. Always under the inspiration of romanticism and sensuality, the album “NUIT BLANCHE” comes into being in 1995 and confirms the growing potential and popularity of this young artist.
In 1996 he offers us an album regrouping the best of his recordings with a novel version of the title “Invitation” and a summer tour with RMC. In 1997 his third solo album “Naturel” is released. It has an enormous success with the titles Ciel and Baby. In 1998 THIERRY CHAM sets the waves on fire with his three title CD : “ENFLAME W” “TE SEDUIRE” and “IVRESSE”. The video made on ENFLAME W is highly conspicuous due to the sensuality that it released. For the year 2000 THIERRY CHAM offers us his new album “SIMPLEMENT”. Rich in original tones, this album is very quickly adopted by local radios as well as the growing public. The three titles coming out of this opus quickly became successes throughout the Afro-Caribbean network and the Indian Ocean. These titles are 7e Ciel “SIMPLEMENT” (among other songs dedicated to his late artist friend Gilles FLORO) and the song OCEAN which is the hit song in this album. On 2 December 2000 Thierry CHAM appears on a national channel in a variety broadcasting programme HIT MACHINE by M6. On that same date, he gives a single concert in Paris in the capital’s prestigious CIGALE hall where a great number of national and international artists have performed. Success is guaranteed for this young artist who will further surprise us. Last album “Là d’où je viens”, 2008
Kassav’, the zouk group par excellence, which invented zouk, has become a living legend. All the Caribbean musical influences intermingle with funk and rock to produce an unusual, rhythmic cocktail. Enough to make the entire planet dance.
The story of Kassav’ (the name comes from cassava, which is a mixture of manioc paste and coconut) began in 1979 when Pierre-Edouard Décimus, a member of a dance orchestra since the sixties, decided to revamp and modernise the music he had always played along with Freddy Marshall, another musician from the Antilles. They adored popular carnival music, and so Decimus tried to adapt it to modern musical techniques. They also recruited Jacob Desvarieux, an established studio guitarist, and Georges Décimus, Pierre-Edouard’s brother, a bass guitarist, together with other studio musicians.
The group built up as it went along. The first formation went in to the recording studios in the November and brought out the first Kassav album, entitled “Love and Ka Dance”, a couple of months later. A new musical genre had been conceived: zouk. New sounds, particularly bass, keyboards and brass wind instruments, gave this music a modern, festive air, both lively and foot-tapping. This was when Kassav’ began writing the history of zouk.
The second album was called “Lagué mwen” and also came out in 1980. For the first time, Jocelyne Béroard’s voice is perceptible in the backing vocals, with Freddy Marshall in the foreground. On this album is one of their first hits, “Soleil”. Kassave began to mark the consciousness of an entire generation. On the crest of the wave, they brought out a third album in 1981 and the singer Jean-Philippe Marthély joined them, along with Jean-Claude Naimro on keyboards. In August, the group first appeared on stage, performing throughout the Caribbean. Considerable technical means were used. The group was accompanied by two dancers, Catherine Laupa and Marie-José Gibon, with structured choreography. They also joined in vocals from time to time. Success was assured.
In 1982, after a fourth, unnamed album, Kassav “broke up” and allowed each singer to bring out solo albums. Kassav’ was still there but as an accompaniment. Thus, Jacob Desvarieux brought out his album “Oh Madiana”, followed by Georges Décimus with “Avec Kassav’ et Cie”, on which a new singer appeared: Patrick Saint-Eloi. The latter then brought out “Misik ce lanmou”.
Ralph Thamar contributed to the fifth album of the group, published in 1983, with “My doudou”. The wheels were turning. Georges Décimus brought out another solo album, “La Vie”, as did Jacob Desvarieux with “Banzawa”, and Jean-Philippe Marthély with “Ti coq”.
This did not stop them working for the group, and at the end of the year they brought out the Kassav’ album “Passeport”. Then the seventh album, “Ayé”, came out in 1984. Patrick Saint-Eloi recorded his second record, “Zouké”. The group then went on tour again, during the carnival period in February and March, through Guadeloupe and Martinique. The tour resumed in August, even going to Haiti. Another Kassav’ album came out at Christmas that year, “Yélélé”, containing the track “Zouk la sé sèl médickaman nou ni” (Zouk is our only medicine). This hit brought the group international fame far beyond the Caribbean.
Kassav’ was on a high at the beginning of 1985. Jean-Philippe Marthély brought out a second solo album, “Rété”, followed by that of Jean-Claude Naimro on keyboards, called “An balatè”. Literally borne by the wave of popularity due to “Zouk la sé sèl médikaman nou ni”, the entire team began a tour of Africa. This was their first tour outside the Caribbean, and included a visit to the Ivory Coast in March, where they were a runaway success. Other African countries were toured and the musicians and singers seemed to find their roots and the origin of their music.
Kassav’ then found itself in metropolitan France for the first in a long series of concerts at the Zénith, the famous Paris venue, which was sold out a month ahead of the concert on June 22 1985, with no promotion at all. From July till the end of the year, the tour continued through various countries: Algeria, Guyana, Saint-Martin, Saint Lucia, Angola (with 30,000 people at the concert in Luanda), Portugal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Gabon, the Ivory Coast and, of course, the Antilles. To finish off this exceptional year, the two singers, Patrick Saint-Eloi and Jean-Philippe Marthély, brought out a new album, “Bizness”.
This was all a fir cry from the amateur groups from the Antilles which had been in existence before Kassav’ appeared on the market. In early 1986, they celebrated their first Golden Disc in front of an audience of 40,000 in Guadeloupe. From May 1st to 4th, they performed at the Zénith, a true Parisian consecration. The only dampener on the proceedings was the death of trumpeter André Laïdli, from badly treated jaundice during a series of concerts in Gabon.
On June 21, the festival of music in France, a Caribbean carnival was organised in Paris for the first time. At the end of the parade, the by now mythical group gave a concert for 250,000 people on the Reuilly sports ground. This was their opportunity to present “Gorée” (the island off Senegal where African slaves to be shipped to America were gathered). This was a record by Georges Décimus and Jacob Desvarieux, written after a visit to the Slave prison on the island. This was followed by more concerts in Portugal, Senegal, Zaïre etc. Then Jocelyne Béroard, who had long since left the backing vocals for a position at the front of the stage) brought out her first album, “Siwo”, which became the first Golden Disc awarded to a female singer from the Antilles.
1987: “Vini pou”
Kassav’ did not stop there and the tours continued in 1987, with performances in front of ever-renewed audiences in Switzerland, Brazil, Mali or Belgium. They returned for their now annual concerts at the Zenith in Paris, from April 30 to May 9. In November, they brought out “Vini pou” with CBS, the recording multinational This became a Golden Disc two weeks after coming out. All their albums were now in the big league, and they won the Victoire de la Musique award for the best group in Paris, 1988. The Kassav’ machine had everyone in the world on zouk, whether in the United States, Japan, or Europe.
In 1989, Kassav’ won the Francophonie prize in Quebec. In July, it won the privilege of being the first black group to perform in Russia. Their tenth birthday present was the Platinum Disk for “Majestic zouk”. Once again, they played at the Zenith in Paris from December 14 to 24. The decade was finishing on a high note and the next looked like doing the same. Year after year, Kassav continued its tours on every continent, and in 1990 they won the award for the best show from the RFI African referendum.
The CBS contract stipulated that no solo album by members of the group could be brought out for three years, in order to give some cohesion to promotion of the group. Thus, Jocelyne Béroard waited until 1991 to bring out her second album, “Milans”, and so did Jean-Philippe Marthely with “Black Jack”, a collaboration with Ronald Rubinel. In the first change of group structure, Georges Décimus, one of the founder members, left, to be replaced by Frédéric Caracas.
First steps in the Cinema
The group’s musical destiny was slightly sent off course in 1992 by their film debut. Euzhan Palcy, the director of “Rue Case Nègre”, which won the French César for the best first film, and “Une Saison blanche et sèche”, recruited them for various roles in his latest film, “Siméon”. The theme song of the film was “Mwen alé”, sung of course by Kassav’, which included the track on their new album, “Tékit Izi”, full of loopy rhythms and energetic brass and steel band sounds. On this album, the group also introduced a new style, Raggamuffin zouk, a mixture of reggae and zouk, with the song “Lévé Tèt Ou”. Worthy of note was the fact that Kassav decided to put translations of all the songs into French on the record sleeve. The band’s crooner, Patrick Saint-Eloi, also recorded a solo album, “Bizouk”.
Jean-Philippe Marthely signed a new solo album, “Si sé taw”, in 1993, while Jean-Claude Naimro left the group for a year for a period with Peter Gabriel. He was replaced by Thierry Vaton. Kassav continued to tour and obtained the Best Group trophy at the West Indies Awards in New York, and the AfriCar Award in Abidjan.
The group’s activity slowed down despite a few tours here and there (in France and abroad). Some critics began muttering about boredom thresholds, zouk being out of fashion, etc. Yet this did not stop Patrick Saint-Eloi bringing out his new album, “Zoukamine”, and preparing a new album with Kassav.’ On July 1st 1995 “Difé”, the new album, came out, featuring the single “Difé soupapé”, remixed by Bruce Swedien and René Moore (Michael Jackson’s sound engineer and programmer). Also invited were Cuban percussionist Ray Baretto, drummer Manu Katché and even Stevie Wonder on the harmonica! The song “Pa ni pwoblème” was written with assistance from Patrick Chamoiseau, the 1992 Goncourt Prizewinner (a French literary prize). In October, Kassav’ hit the road again for a tour which, of course, led it back to the Zenith, Paris, in March 1996, followed by other dates in metropolitan France, Europe, the Antilles, and even Canada, for the Francofolies at Montreal. In April, “Difé” won a golden disk. October saw a live album, “Kassav’Cho”, and the year ended with the album “Marthéloy”, a combined effort by Marthély and Saint-Eloi.
In May Jocelyne Béroard and Jacob Desvarieux were honoured with the title “Officiers du Mérite” in Senegal by President Abdou Diouf.
The year 1997 saw a new recording by Jean-Claude Naimro, “Digital Dread”. Kassav’ was nominated Best Group at the Afric Awards, Libreville. Solo albums continued to appear, with Jean-Philippe Marthély’s “O peyi” the following year, and “Lovtans” by Patrick Saint-Eloi. Some, indeed, thought that this recording overkill (a total of over 30 albums) was what kept Kassav’ at the head of the ratings, since the public had no time to forget them between two hits.
Kassav’s music proved to be phenomenally popular in Latin America. Indeed, a whole host of groups began adapting – some would even say ‘plagiarising’ – Kassav’s hits in Spanish. Kassav’ grew tired of this phenomenon and decided it was time to hit back. So in October 97 the group flew out to Cuba and set about recording their own album in Spanish. The tracks on Kassav’s new album were recorded in the legendary EGREM studio with the very best Cuban sound engineers and then mixed in Miami in Gloria Estefan’s Crescent Moon studios. Kassav’s new album, “Un toque latino”, was released in November 1998 on Sony.
The album pulsated with a perfect fusion of zouk and salsa rhythms and featured some very interesting re-workings of Kassav’s greatest hits. Two songs on the new album remained in Creole (including the famous “Zouk la sé sel medikaman nou ni”) but other Kassav classics were adapted into Spanish (“Siwo” became “Molo, malisimo” for example). The standard of songwriting on Kassav’s new album was extremely high as the group enlisted the aid of the Spanish-born songwriter Etienne Roda-Gil (famous for writing a whole stack of hits for French artists such as Julien Clerc). Kassav’s zouk/salsa fusion marked a new phase in the evolution of zouk, as the group’s innovative new sound was not just a commercial venture. It also provided an important bridge between West Indian and Latin American culture.
20th Anniversary Celebrations
1999 proved to be a busy year for Kassav. Jean-Claude Naimro branched out on his own at the start of the year, releasing a solo album which was swiftly followed by “Best of 20e anniversaire”, a compilation celebrating Kassav’s 20 years in showbizz. (This compilation featured a selection of the group’s most popular hits as well as three new bonus tracks). On June 12th and 13th Kassav brought the house down at Bercy stadium in Paris, 32,000 fans flocking to see them in concert at the city’s biggest venue.
Following their triumphant performance in Paris, the group then headed back to the Antilles to celebrate their 20th anniversary in Guadeloupe (July 10th) and Martinique (July 17th). After flying out to the States to play two dates in New York and Boston, the group returned to France and embarked upon an extensive tour. Then, in December ’99, it was Jacob Desvarieux’s turn to branch out on his own, releasing a solo album entitled “Euphrazine Blues”.
After all this hectic activity, Kassav could have laid back and rested on their laurels for a while, but by December ’99 the group were already hard at work preparing songs for their next album. Released in June 2000, “Nou la” (short for “Nou la, nou byen la” – We’re here, really here!) featured 15 tracks recorded in Toulouse and mixed in Paris. But it was clear that the songs had been written and lovingly prepared in Martinique, the group’s eternal source of inspiration.
In the autumn of 2000 Kassav’ embarked upon a sun-filled tour of a series of tropical islands, playing concerts in Mayotte, the Seychelles, the Comores, Dominique and Curacao.
With their long and successful career still going strong, Kassav were presented with a “Music Award” in Martinique for their anniversary concert. Meanwhile, Patrick carried off the Sacem award for “Best Artist from Guadeloupe.” Kassav’ continued their hectic tour schedule right through until the start of 2002, then took a well-deserved sabbatical. Later that year, Patrick announced he was leaving the group.
In 2003, different members of the group devoted time to individual projects. Jocelyne released a solo album entitled “Madousinay” and Jacob Desvarieux got involved with “Dis l’heure 2 Zouk,” the hit compilation masterminded by French rap star Passi. By the end of the year, Kassav were back together on the road again, playing dates across the Caribbean, Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland.
In 2004, Kassav made a major comeback on the recording front with the release of their fourteenth (!) studio album, “K’Toz.” The group proved their popularity was stronger than ever when they brought the house down, playing to a 60,000-strong crowd at the 20th anniversary of the “Baïa das Gatas” festival, held on the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde.
In February 2005, Kassav’ played three sold-out concerts at Le Zenith, in Paris. One of the band’s gigs was filmed live and highlights were released a few months later on their “Carnaval Tour” DVD. In April 2006, Kassav’ were back in record stores in France and across the French West Indies with a greatest hits album entitled “Le meilleur de Kassav’.” Meanwhile, up until the end of 2006, the five members of the band continued their hectic schedule on the live circuit, appearing at various music festivals where they headlined alongside the likes of reggae star Jimmy Cliff. In September, Jean-Philippe Marthély, one of the group’s singers released a solo album, “Koule Ianmou.”
2007: “All U need is Zouk”
Fans had to wait until the winter of 2007 to enjoy a series of new Kassav’ compositions. With a cheeky nod to the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”, the zouk supergroup called their new album “All U Need is Zouk”, asserting their firmly-held belief that zouk is no longer a craze, but a music style that is here to stay. The group’s fourteen-track album, recorded in Creole, proved to be a danceable, festive affair, featuring a host of upbeat tracks such as “Zouk Party”, “Bodé Apiyé” and “Pli Bel Flè” as well as more reflective songs rooted in the history of the French West Indies (“Doubout Pikan” and “Fo pa fann”).
Kassav’ celebrated twenty years in the trade in 2009 with an impressive series of concerts. Starting off in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, they moved on to France, where the group filled the Zénith in Paris four times before stoking up an audience of 65,000 at the Stade de France on 16 May with a clutch of guests including Fally Ipupa, Jocelyne Labylle and Tanya Saint-Val.
The anniversary zouk night was immortalised on a CD and DVD (“Live au Stade de France”), accompanied by the release of a triple compilation album (“Saga”) covering Kassav’s career that sold for the price of a CD. Next, Kassav’ went off to celebrate in the provinces, then in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Algeria, the USA and Haiti, ending up Dakar, Senegal in December. The famous “zoukers” appeared to be inexhaustible.
But in 2010, just as they were getting ready to fly off to the USA for five concerts, two of the group’s eighteen members had their visa applications refused. The tour was cancelled.
The members of the group were very upset at the death of their former colleague and longstanding friend Patrick Saint-Eloi, who died in Pointe-à-Pitre on 18 September 2010.
Kassav’ picked up their tour again in July 2011. The band performed in Tours, followed by Montreal, Boston, Haiti and Benin in August.
The singer’s sixteenth album came out in May 2013. With “Sonjé”, the group’s five long-standing musicians paid homage to their late “brother”, Patrick Saint-Eloi. The melancholic tone is spiced up with Kassav’s familiar dance rhythm, and Creole lyrics about West Indian identity.
A new world tour entitled “Mawonaj tour” took them to the Zénith de Paris from 7 to 9 June 2013.
Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer
October 17, 1969
PLACE OF BIRTH
Wyclef Jean was born on October 17, 1969, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Wyclef Jean’s band, the Fugees, released their debut album, Blunted on Reality, in 1993. It was the group’s second album, The Score (1996), however, that catapulted the Fugees to stardom. The Score sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. After making several albums, in August 2010, Jean made headlines when he announced that he would be running the presidency of Haiti. Soon after his announcement, however, he was declared ineligible.
Wyclef Jean was born Nel Ust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1969, in the small town of Croix-des-Bouquets, just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jean was one of four children—three sons and a daughter—born to pastor Gesner Jean and his wife.
When Wyclef was 9 years old, his family moved to the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York. “When I got to America,” Jean later told Ebony magazine, “I was expecting to see money falling from the sky.” But the Marlboro housing projects, where Jean and his family lived, didn’t quite meet with Jean’s initial expectations. The opportunities for Jean and his family, however, felt limitless compared to those available in their former home.
Wyclef, who spoke only Haitian French when he entered the states, quickly learned English from listening to American rap music. Music soon became one of Wyclef’s chief interests; his mother sensed his talent early, and gave him a guitar as a gift in the hopes of keeping him away from the local gang activity. The first song he learned to play was Steve Martin’s humorous spoof, “King Tut.”
In his early teens, Jean and his family moved to Newark, New Jersey, so that Gesner Jean could assume a post at the city’s Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene. At Newark’s Vailsburg High School, Wyclef stayed focused on his passion for music. He majored in jazz, studied the ins and outs of the music business, and learned to play more than 15 instruments. Wyclef, along with his cousin Prakazrel Michel and friend Lauryn Hill, also started experimenting with hip-hop music. In order to afford studio time to record their original compositions, Jean saved up money from his job at an area McDonald’s.
Jean’s talent quickly came to the attention of music executives and, while he was still a minor, he was offered a recording contract. The deal fell through, however, because Jean’s father refused to condone his musical tastes. “When I’d come back from the studio, I’d get a whipping from my dad, ’cause I was playing devil’s music,” Jean later told Rolling Stone magazine.
Instead, Jean and Michel played for Vailsburg High School’s swing choir and formed a rap group called Exact Change, which rapped their positive message in six languages. Changing their name to Tranzlator Crew, they were signed to Columbia Records in 1993. After a legal dispute with another band named Translator, the group renamed themselves the Fugees, a shortened version of the word “refugees.” Their debut album, Blunted on Reality (1993), received warm reviews and sold moderately well. But it was their second album, The Score (1996), which catapulted the Fugees to international success. The Score sold over four million copies in the United States, and more than 15 million worldwide. In particular, the single “Killing Me Softly,” a remake of Roberta Flack’s 1970s hit, stayed at the top of the R&B singles chart for seven months.
The Fugees continued recording together, but they also began work on solo projects. Jean released and produced his album, The Carnival, in 1997, which explored the musical gamut, including a mix of Creole, salsa, reggae, Afro-Cuban, R&B, funk, rap and orchestral selections. The platinum-selling solo album received rave reviews from critics and was a smash-hit in Haiti. In 2000, he released his second solo effort, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, which featured musical guests such as Kenny Rogers and Mary J. Blige. In 2002, Jean released his next solo effort, Masquerade. This was followed by his Greatest Hits album and The Preacher’s Son, both released in 2003. After a series of singles and musical collaborations, Jean announced that he would release an eponymous studio album in 2010.
Jean is married to designer Marie Claudinette. They have one daughter, Angelina Claudinelle Jean, who they adopted in 2005. The family resides in New York City.
Baptista Lugendy St-Hubert, mieux connu sur la scène Rap Kreyol sous son nom d’artiste “Baky” est né le 6 mai 1991. Originaire du Sud d’Haïti, plus précisément de la ville des Cayes, Baky a été élevé dans une famille musicienne qui lui a légué en héritage le sens du rythme.
Le plus jeune des quatre garçons de la famille a fait ses débuts en synchronisant la mélodie de sa voix avec une guitare. Il tenta ensuite sa chance dans ce milieu qui le passionne énormément à l’instar d’autres jeunes : le Rap Kreyol.
Inspiré par la réalité haïtienne, Baky a composé ce qui allait devenir le best-seller l’année 2012 : « Paske’m se ayisyen.» Pour lui, le Rap Kreyol est un reflet de la majorité des frustrations des jeunes et un médium permettant d’évacuer ces frustrations.
« Paske’m se ayisyen», sa première chanson a été écrite dans des circonstances bien particulières : À la fin de ses études secondaires, Baky désirait poursuivre ses études en République Dominicaine. Après avoir entendu parler des conditions de vie de certains Haïtiens (voir leur mort brutale) là-bas, sa mère inquiète, donna une fin de non recevoir à sa demande. Baky se sentit habité de sentiments de colère et de frustration extrêmes qu’il canalisa sur du papier.
«Paske’m se Ayisyen» (Parce que je suis haïtien) paru en janvier 2012 (et suivi d’un clip en mars de la même année) a été donc écrite dans un état d’esprit de révolte face aux abus, à l’injustice et les situations d’inégalité que subissaient des haïtiens a cause de leur nationalité.
Suite au feed-back très positif du public envers sa chanson, un remix a été mis en onde. Ce remix sorti en mai dernier, est une collaboration avec plusieurs artisans du Rap Kreyol Dug-G, Wendy, K-libr, Rhéal Adolphe et Vanessa Désiré. Baky n’a pas encore d’album à son actif mais il planche sur un projet de mix-tape de haute qualité afin d’étendre sa notoriété et souhaite apporter du bon rap aux oreilles des haïtiens. Chose essentielle (selon lui) pour un artiste en début de carrière. Le titre de ce mixtape sera : « Avan’m siyen ».
Malgré une année 2012 fructueuse, parsemée de succès pour sa jeune carrière, Baky reste humble et remplit de gratitude. Tout au long de l’année il a reçu de nombreuses marques d’appréciation et d’accolade pour son style percutant doublé de sincérité. Il est maintenant la nouvelle recrue de RKM Recordz. Tout ce qu’il souhaite c’est que Dieu le soutienne à travers cette aventure dans le milieu musical.
Name: Eddy Viau
Artist Name: Ti Eddy
Birth Place: Miami, Florida
Birth date: June 05, 1984
currently based: Miami, Florida
Commonly known by his artist name “Ti Eddy” Eddy Viau, was born on June 5th 1984, in Miami, Florida. Raised in a family full of musicians; he credits his musical upbringing as the most probable cause for discovering his love for the art. Eddy, the grandson of legendary trumpeter, Hector Lominy; experienced a successful music career so far as a percussionist, carrying the tradition; talent runs in the family. His grandfather Lominy was once a performing artist of Super Ensamble de Nemour Jean Baptiste back in the 1960s. The Ensamble founder Nemour Jean Baptiste is also the creator of the very popular Haitian music genre, Compas Direct. Lominy gained more notoriety as the director of the acclaimed Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Trinity School in Haiti.
Like most offspring of foreign decent born and raised in the United States; one would think Eddy would gravitate more toward modern popular music. For Eddy, that wasn’t the case, he always showed a preference for “Compas Direct” the music his parents grew up on. Eddy’s father and uncle owned a popular record store in Miami which he spent a substantial amount of time during his formative years. The record store had a large archive of Compas Direct music. There his interest in music began to blossom, so it’s natural that he would pursue a career in Compas music. As his love and passion grew, Eddy started dapping into the Haitian Music Industry during his high school years.
After completing high school he attended Broward Community College for Business Administration and soon after made his debut in the HMI with the band, Hangout as a percussionist. He played alongside legendary guitarist Ernst “Ti Ness” Vincent; lead singers, Pipo Stanis, Georgy Mettelus and a few other well known artists in the industry. The band’s future looked extremely bright when they premiered in 2004 until their manager, Haitian music producer Romel Barlatier died in June of 2004 just months after the band made its debut. The band vowed to keep the vision alive and stayed together.
Eddy remained a member in the band for three years and he participated on two of the band’s albums before the group disbanding.
Eddy was soon approached by brothers Roberto and Reynold Martino, sons of the legendary guitarist, Robert Martino to join them in their band T-Vice. Eddy became the band’s percussionist and spent seven year playing with the band. During his tenure with T-Vice; Eddy played on three of the band’s albums and got to share the stage with numerous of his favorite legendary artists.
Eddy’s musical influences include the likes of Jimmy Jacques (DP Express) Roro Irene (Nu Look) and Alex Thebaud (CaRiMi)
Currently, Eddy is the member of the upcoming septuplet band, Dat7 with former band mates Ricot “Ti Tanbou” Azaman and Oliver Duret. The band is set to release their debut album and music video in March of 2015 followed their grand première party.
Fun Facts: Favorite foods: Lasagna, Malimoulan Avacado, Chicken Wings.
Favorite quotes: Sometimes good thing fall apart so better things can come together”
Hobbies: music, movies and basketball.
Favorite songs: Cobay, Tabou Combo- Aux Antilles, Sysyem Band- Dom Laj, Phantoms – Mon Conpe
Manno Charlemagne has been the vocal conscience of Haiti. As a singer, songwriter, political activist, and one-time mayor of Port-au-Prince, he has constantly challenged the status quo and stood up for the millions of poor Haitians who otherwise would have had novoice. A soulful yet brazen balladeer, Manno for decades used his acoustic guitar and tender baritone voice as weapons against the brutal Duvalier regime and civilized indifference of Haiti’s insulated upper class. A skinny, poor rebel from the slums, he was the little black fly in a cold glass of milk.
Born in 1948, he slipped out of his mother’s womb with a clenched fist thrust up in the air; his birthsong was defiance. He picked up his first guitar as a teenager and has been playing, singing and writing songs ever since. In the classic troubadour tradition, he is a teller of truth who disguises his profoundly political messages by placing them inside hauntingly beautiful melodies. Similar to the storytelling traditions of the African griots who passed their history down through the generations from mouth to ear, Manno’s protest songs with their caustic lyrics and gentle rhythms documented centuries of abuse suffered by the peasant class in Haiti, and captured the rawness of life in this black republic. Never one to paint pretty pictures to please the crowds or pay the bills, Manno has always sung from his heart.
He also paid the price for singing from his heart. Many times throughout his life in Haiti he was arrested and jailed because of his music. He was taken to the National Palace and psychologically tortured for days on end. The Ton-Ton Macoutes monitored his ever move. And several of his closest friends and political allies had their hands cut off, their tongues cut out, and their heads severed from their bodies.
Following the political coup of 1991, Manno, fearing for his life, took refuge in the Argentine embassy in Port-au-Prince. Word about his situation spread to the US and then on to a high profile friend of his—film director Jonathan Demme. Demme banded together with a group of his friends—Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Earl Jones and Robert Di Niro—and lobbied on Manno’s behalf to set free and grant him political exile in the US.
Following the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1994, Manno returned to the island. As a joke, a group of his friends put his name on the mayoral ballot. His campaign symbol was a guitar, and his slogan: Manno: Pourquoi Pas? In no time, a momentum took hold and city residents relished the rich irony of electing their favorite folk singer as mayor of Port-au-Prince.
Admitting that being a politician was never his true calling, Manno eventually decided to leave that arena to others, and returned to what he does best—singing songs about the country he loves to audiences in Miami, New York, Washington, Montreal, and Paris. In 2006 Haitian-based FOKAL and the Open Society Institute published a special edition book to honor him: Manno Charlemagne—Thirty Years of Songs. Today, he lives in South Florida and regularly performs at Tap Tap, a Haitian restaurant and nightclub in South Beach.
CD’s OF MANNO CHARLEMAGNE include:
Manno et Marco, 1978
Konviksyon (Conviction), 1982
Fini Les Colonies (No More Colonies), 1984
Organizasyon Mondyal (International Organizations), 1988
La Fimen (Smoke), 1994
Manno at Tap Tap, 2004
Les Inedits de Manno Charlemagne (The Unpublished Songs), 2006
Name: Vladimir Alexis
Artist Name: Vladous
Instrument Played: Drums
Birth Place: Carrefour, Haiti
Birthdate: January 22, 1987
Currently Based: Miami, Florida
Vladimir Alexis was born on January 22nd 1987 in Carrefour, Haiti. He lived there until the age of four when he migrated to United States with his parents and two older siblings. They originally settled in Queens, NY until moving to Brooklyn a couple of years later. He always had a deep love for music, especially the Haitian popular music genre Compas Direct.Vladimir spent his formative years in the Big Apple where He acquired a broad range of musical interests. Although he originally started playing the percussion; he took a special liking to the drums. His early influences were Shedly Abraham, Tico Pasquet, and Jean Richard Herard to name a few. When asked why he chose these musicians he answered;“Because their talent is diverse which is rarely seen in music today.”
Vladimir’s early excursion into the Haitian Music Industry started in 2003 when he joined the band Miel as a percussionist and later transitioned to drummer. The young drummer met a few prominent musicians and eventually began jamming with some topnotch players in the Haitian Music Industry such as Phantoms. Vladimir also played with 718 Boyz, they frequently gigged in night clubs in the New York City circuits. A couple of years after getting his initial start; mid July of 2005, Kreyol La the popular Haitian Compas band commission Vladimir to join them in Haiti.
Vladimir became Kreyol La’s drummer in 2005 and held that post for nine years. Having a bigger role than ever before it was during his time with Kreyol La he felt he felt he got his first taste of really playing Compas Direct. Vladimir played on Kreyol La’s Vitkwa and Evolution studio album. He’s also featured on T-Vice’s Kif Kif; K-Zino’s Tuo Goal; and more.
Today Vladimir’s style of playing is close to that of Roro of Djakout #1, Shedly Abraham and Tico Pasquet. He recently partnered with a few veteran musicians also friends of equal caliber to form the upcoming band, Dat7.
Fun Facts about Vladimir:
Favorite places he played: Zennith, Bercy Paris, Haiti Men Compas and Guadeloupe.
Favorite songs: CaRiMi- Por Favor, Kreyol La- Avew la Verite, System Band – Zanmi, Shoogar Combo- Leleine Cherie, Kassav- Cobay, Phantoms- 14 Fevrier
Favorite Quotes: Sky is the limit
Favorite Foods: Haitian Food Legumes, Diz Blanc, Bullion
Hobbies: Spending time with family, playing with Gadgets, fixing computers and learning new software.
What does he want to be own for: “The drummer who came and did his job.”
Vogge is a new Haitian duo based in Miami, Florida. The duo is composed of maestro Djheff Ostinato and Steph Ocho. Djheff, a fashion photographer and producer, and Steph, an entrepreneur, understood the importance of creating a name for their group that would turn them into a household name. Djheff’s background and popularity based on his talents in graphic design and fashion inspired him to turn the word “vogue” into the band’s name “VOGGE.” Their aim was to create, and maintain, a trendy and widely accepted brand.
Djheff and Steph met in 2006 while playing basketball at their local YMCA. It was not until September 2013 that they decided to combine their talents and form a band. The early stages were difficult, but the duo knew their talents would bring them a great deal of success. Djheff’s rare talents and skills in photography, videography, graphic design, production, singing, and songwriting matched with Steph’s abilities also as a songwriter rapper, and his entrepreneurial spirit, made it easy for the band to acquire everything they needed to create great music.
Vogge’s musical style sets itself apart from what is commonly found in the Haitian music industry (HMI). Vogge’s music borrows elements from kizomba, hip-hop, and sounds from around the world to create unique music. It has been one year since Vogge was established, and in that time they have released two videos and are preparing to release their debut EP entitled, “V POU VOGGE.” The debut album is set to be released during the year of 2015 which will be announced in the months to come.
Aside from their music, the duo has developed its own brand of hookah sticks known as “VOOKAH.” They are also have an app on apple and android by the name of “VOGGE” that allows them to connect to and engage with their fans. Believing that hard work and dedication is the key to success, Vogge plans to release quality music, videos and products on a consistent basis, and at a level yet to be seen in the HMI.
Born and raised in Haiti, Oli Duret, started singing as a young child. He sung endlessly, everywhere, all the time… Including in class, where he was often told to “keep it down”. In 2002/2003, while concluding his college degree, he started performing mostly alternative music, as a diverse artist he also sings RnB and pop music. around 2001, he started working with a group called “Kai” which never went mainstream but was known by many people. In 2004/2005, Oli Duret started working as a professional singer/songwriter along side Mikaben (Michael Benjamin). He’s also worked collaboratively with numerous other Haitian artists during that time.
Oli Duret broke onto the Haitian Music Industry in 2005 when he joined T-vice, one of the most successful Kompa bands of modern time. Oli Duret earned the respect of his fans with his HIT song “SANTIM TA KRIYE”. He contributed a lot to the production of Tvice’s next album where He wrote and sings the song “TOI ET MOI”, which is considered by many websites and fans not only to being the song of the album “WELCOME TO HAITI”, but the hit of 2010 for the Haitian Music Market. “Fem Vole” is another hit that is another favorite among that album. in 2013 Olivier decides to do solo work, putting out “danre ra” with a video which has been a favorite, then “ma cherie je t’aime” which has been a HIT and a cover of john legend’s “all of me”. Further earning Olivier the respect of his peers and his loyal fans as one of the greatest singer/songwriters in the arena of the Haitian Music Industry. today, olivier has his own band called DAT7, they already have a video out called “se konsa” with more to come.
TICO’s work before and away from MAGNUM BAND With the emergence of Magnum band in 1976, Tico Pasquet and his brother, Dadou Pasquet, created a unique sound in Konpa that blends elements of Haitian root, jazz, pop, and soul filled Creole music. Some of their most famous works include” Paka Pala”, “Ashadei”, ” Fierte”, ” Moun Sa”, “Pike Devan”,” Severite”, and my personal favorite, “Courage”. After 33 years in the business, Magnum band built a musical legacy that has influenced many musicians of our generation. Today Magnum band is still performing strong, and sounds just as good (if not better) now as it did then. As a testimony to their faith and endurance in the long journey of the Haitian music industry, Magnum Band is about to release their 32nd album in September 2009 (SAKALAKAWOUAI) with hits like “SE DON”. Born a Libra in one of the most famous Haitian family of musicians (Dodof, Archibald, Alexandre, Jean, Richard, and Raymond Legros), Claude (Tico) Pasquet was destined to bring life to a musical instrument and to make the artistic contribution to Haitian music he was born to craft. Was he going to follow the path of his most famous uncle (Dodof Legros) and play the guitar? No, he will follow the path of his other uncles (Alexandre and Richard) and play the drums. Since he was a little boy, the drums fascinated Tico. Why the drums? “Because this is LIFE, it’s the heart of music! It is the instrument that brings life to music!” the boy would explain. Because of his family ties, he was then able to watch and be in contact with drummers like Ti Charles, Jean Jean Laraque, and Daniel Mayala.
Tico Pasquet started to play publicly in 1965 with “La Belle Etoile” a neighborhood musical group in Port-au-Prince’s 4th Ave Bolos.Two years later, because of politics, his family moved to New York. There, Tico Pasquet was immediately drafted in “Les Freres Sicot”. This is when Tico got on the international stage and, even at that tender age, his talents were evident. Encouraged by these accomplished musicians, Tico made it a point to every day play better, faster, and cleaner. He then started to pay attention to the techniques of international drummers like Steve Gadd and Harvey Mason.
In 1969, Tico decided to start playing with musicians his own generation and joined “Babby Jazz”, then “Les Difficiles de New York”.But then came the 1971 Casa Borinquen performance, it was Tico Pasquet, the master drummer, acknowledged Tito Puentes who was also performing that night. After his sensational performance, Tico became one of the most requested Haitian drummers. The next year, in 1972, he agreed to back to Haiti and to play with Robert Martino in “Les Gypsies”. During the next four years, Tico’s talents simply busted out! He established himself as the Master and took Haiti by storm. He was drumming like no Haitian has drummed before. He was able to harmoniously combine several rudiments within amazing patterns. In addition, contrary to Haitian drummers before him, his kicks were extremely active participants amidst the odd-metered rhythm he created. It was phenomenal! And, from that moment forward, Tico changed drum playing in Haitian Konpa forever and became the standard.
In 1975, when his brother Andre (Dadou) Pasquet, the legendary guitarist, left Tabou Combo, Tico returned to the United Sates, teamed up with Dadou and to found Magnum Band. The following year, 1976 Magnum Band took the stage. And the real journey began.
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.
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.
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Ada is a spiritual roots woman who takes her listeners on musical journey beckoning them to remember and cherish the pure, simple things in life and to stay true to themselves. Honest, raw and always real, Ada’s music is a mirror of her personality. She makes it clear at first sight that the nature of her identity is spiritual, and her music embodies the very same energy. Ada’s stage presence and command is spell-bounding. Her strong vocals and thought-provoking performances are packed with conscious innuendos combined with a sultry Caribbean feel.
Born in 1984 in Paris, France, Ada’s passion for singing grew at a very early age. Raised by Haitian parents, she was exposed to a rich Afro-Caribbean culture and history that deeply influenced her. After moving to the United States, she began writing poetry and lyrics to express her frustrations with not being able to “fit in” to the American way of life. Facing the myriad pressures of immigrant life, she turned to the arts and music as an outlet. Ada quickly understood the healing vibrations music brought to her life and to others.
Later on, while studying History at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, she grew even fonder of her culture and began to use it as the central force within her music. Incorporating powerful lyrics with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and sounds, Ada officially embarked on her musical journey. (MAYBE MENTION SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR INITIAL SOLO PERFORMANCES IN COLLEGE HERE) Blending elements of African drumming, reggae, soul and R&B while showcasing her profound love and admiration for her Haitian and African roots, Ada quickly rose to the scene.
Not long after, Ada went on to record and perform with the Boston-based reggae trio “Trinity, Children of Man.” The group had an immediate and positive impact in the reggae industry both locally and internationally. While performing in front of local, regional, and international audiences with Trinity, Ada honed, sharpened and perfected her musical talents and abilities. Today, as a solo artist, Ada continues to make her presence felt in the music world. She has already performed at the highest levels of the industry, allowing her to learn from world- renowned artists like Wyclef Jean, Justin Timberlake, Morgan Heritage, ADD HAITIAN ARTISTS) Still considered an “underground” artist, Ada is fighting to solidify her own rightful place in the industry.
Singing about themes of love, social injustices, and staying spiritually connected, Ada has caught the attention of many great producers. She is currently working on her first solo album, fused with influences from Bob Marley, Roberta Flack, Amy Winehouse, and world music artists such as Boukman Esperyans and Emeline Michel. Ada’s powerful presence and authenticity continues to captivate audiences everywhere. When her sets starts and the lights are dimmed, the energy shifts and one can sense that something amazing is about to happen. Incense burns, the drums are beating and your heart starts to follow the same rhythm and there she appears, unpolished but regal. She steps on stage, smiling, barefoot, and as she sings the first note it hits you hard. Your hips move, hands raise and like a fresh breeze her melodies and lyrics cool you down. Steadily she brings up the heat as your temperature begins to slowly warm up. Ada takes you back and forth, rocking gently to the beat until together, you finally come home.
Jean Hubert VALCOURT, connu sous le nom de Dug.G, est né le 10 Septembre 1982 à Port-de-Paix. Animateur de radio, en Juillet 1999, il réalisera une émission musicale « Rap’Rocher » sur les ondes de la « Planèt Kreyòl » afin de promouvoir le rap créole. Cette émission fut l’une des plus écoutées de son époque. Rappeur du groupe « Rockfam Lame a », son pseudonyme Dug.G vient du prénom de son père Duguay, et le G de GRAND en référence à sa vision.
Fils ainé de Duguay Michel VALCOURT (photographe, présentateur de radio, électricien et ancien directeur du Bureau de L’EDH (Port-de-Paix) et du Service National d’Eradication du Malaria (SNEM), ancien président de Scout (Capois La Mort) et de Croix Rouge Haïtienne (Nord-ouest)) et de Margarette Eugène VALCOURT (dactylographe secrétaire de bureau), ils sont au nombre de cinq (5) enfants nés de cette union. Dès l’âge de 12 ans, son père étant paralysé, Dug.G et ses deux (2) frères et deux (2) sœurs furent élevés par leur grand-mère et leur courageuse mère, prête à se sacrifier pour le bonheur de ses enfants.
Marié puis divorcé, il est le père de deux enfants : Sael (garçon) et Carenne (fille) qu’il adore énormément.
Carrière et Influence
Ancien élève de l’école des Frères de l’Instruction Chrétienne Saint Joseph de Port-de-Paix, il se passionnera pour la radiodiffusion et la musique, notamment le rap. Et, dès son plus jeune âge, cette dernière influencera positivement sa personnalité.
Son père, très strict, ne lui avait pas permis de faire du rap. Admis en secondaire au Collège Notre-Dame de Lourdes et au cours des élections scolaires, on fit la découverte de son talent de rappeur alors qu’il n’était qu’en classe de 7ème Année Fondamentale. Après sa prestation, il a été retenu par le groupe « Cosmic Rap Boys » composé des jeunes du Collège. Son père étant malade, sa mère lui avait défendu de faire de la musique, mais, en leur absence, il répétait à la maison avec d’autres amis de sa classe. Sa toute première aventure a été éphémère vu qu’il était contraint de laisser le groupe en raison des exigences de sa mère.
Avec Lova Man et Young MC, il a fondé son second groupe « Lova Man And His Crew » qui fut très populaire à Port-de-Paix. Malheureusement, ces amis ont dû laisser le pays en raison de leurs études universitaires aux USA. Il a fait de nombreuses tentatives afin de le recréer, mais c’était en vain. Et finalement, il a créé « OSMOZ » avec Alkali, Fenix et Snoopy. Malheureusement, Dug.G et Snoopy ont été contraints de rentrer à Port-au-Prince afin d’entamer des études universitaires. Voulant suivre les traces de son père, il avait tenté d’intégrer la radiodiffusion et a débuté comme opérateur à la radio 4VTS à Port-de-Paix. Ensuite, il a Co-animé « Etincelle Show » en compagnie de Gregory Poitevien sur la radio Etincelle.
A Port-au-prince, il connaitra son plus grand succès dans le monde du rap créole. Présentateur vedette de « Rap’Rocher » sur les ondes de la radio « Planèt Kreyol », il a grandement contribué avec d’autres animateurs, MC et beat makers au rehaussement du rap Créole à la fin de 2004, dû à une carence de production. Dès lors, il s’est lancé définitivement dans le business musical. Avec Knaggz et d’autres amis, ils formeront le groupe RockFam Records et Entertainment afin de promouvoir le rap créole. C’est ainsi qu’a débuté son aventure avec RockFam lame-a.
En 2009, il a participé au film « les talents de la rue » sous le pseudo de « Kenny ». Produit par Robenson Lauvince, ce film relate l’histoire d’un groupe de jeunes talentueux rappeurs ayant passé la majeure partie de leur temps à se faire insulter pour leur musique. Puis, un jour, ils ont rencontré un mécène qui leur a ouvert la voie du succès.
En Juillet 2011, il y eut le divorce entre Dug.G et Rockfam Lame a. Et au cours de la même année, il montra le chemin de la réconciliation en s’affichant avec l’un de ces plus grands opposants musicaux Izolan. Ce fut un grand pas vers l’unification des mouchoirs Noir et Rouge, symbole de liberté.
Son parcours musical
Au début de 2005, le Rap créole a pu connaitre un nouvel essor. Co-fondateur du groupe Rockfam Lame a, Dug.G s’était imposé comme l’un des géants du mouvement rap en Haïti. Il était l’un des figures emblématiques du groupe et l’un des rappeurs les plus populaires. Il a pu réaliser trois albums avec le groupe et a pu collaborer avec beaucoup d’autres rappeurs haïtiens en Haïti et ailleurs.
Il fut le président de DHAC Record’s pour la section Haïti, label qui a produit le tout premier album de RockFam en 2007 « Saw paka konprann ». Il a pu participer dans cinq (5) meringues carnavalesques du groupe et a pu contribuer également au succès lors du carnaval de 2009. Avec ce groupe, il a connu beaucoup de succès tant qu’en Haïti qu’à l’étranger pour ses diverses participations aux concerts et festivals (Rap Rocher, Indepenpance festival USA, Compas Fest. USA, Festival Immaculée etc…). A noter que le groupe est très réputé pour ses performances en live.
En 2009, il diffusa son tout premier vidéo-clip en solo de son hit « Men Vibe la ». Ce dernier a connu un succès phénoménal. Et en Décembre 2010, il fit la vente signature de son premier album solo « Kenbe m si w kapab », l’un des plus populaires de l’époque, avec des hits tels :
– Men vibe la
– Jou m pata la (feat Gazzman couleur)
– 10 goud papye
– Tankou manman
Juillet 2011 marque le divorce entre Dug.G et Rockfam Lame a. Et, au cours de la même année, il montra le chemin de la réconciliation en s’affichant publiquement avec l’un de ces plus grands opposants musicaux « Izolan ». Ce fut un grand pas vers l’unification des mouchoirs Noir et Rouge, symbole de liberté.
Assoiffé de musique, en aout 2012, il produira son premier mixtape dont le titre vient de son tout premier succès solo : « Men vibe la ». Il a redoublé de vibe avec entre autres:
– 10 goud papye [remix] (feat : DRZ, Abojah, K-libr)
– All my zoe (feat : O-Gun)
– Kon’n sa wap di [Lib kolabo] (feat : Skellet)
– Kenbe M’ Si W’ Kapab (Remix) [feat. Jawes, Wendyyy, Positif & Steves J Bryan]
En attente de la sortie de son second album solo, Dug.G produira un second mixtape. En Juillet 2013, à moins d’un an, il sortira le « 2.0 Reloade Mixtape » :
– I dont like
– Enstwi mantal
– PIWO Cypher
A la surprise de tous, le 19 Juin 2014, Dug.G et Bricks (Barikad Crew) produiront l’une des musiques les plus écoutées de l’année « Mafia Blood », annonçant la sortie prochaine de second album. Et, le 22 Novembre 2014, il diffusera un second morceau à succès « M bezwen yon zam ».
La vente signature de son second album « Bon Komisyon : Dugmatiste 2 » est prévu pour le 13 Décembre 2014.
Afin de renforcer la promotion musicale et la promotion de nouveaux talents, il a mis en place une maison de production musicale :
– PIWO Records et Music Group
– PIWO Manufacturing
En tant que producteur exécutif, il a contribué à la sortie de nombreux albums, mixtapes et maxis de nombreux artistes :
Artiste Mixtape/Album / Compilation
LIB KOLABO The RE-UP mixtape
Sak paw se pam mixtape
DJ NG Mix Pi move mixtape
DJ Tony Mix Na pale mixtape
Na pale mix
ASIZ Kamasutra mixtape
BLAY Z Jis pou trip mixtape
DRZ La voix de dieu album
Jean Bernard Thomas Yon lòt koulè album
Gandhi 1er Kilè li ye compilation
Ed Daliriks EDVOLUTION mixtape
DAILAND Crew Dailand Crew is back album
De plus, il a créé de nombreux sites d’internet afin de renforcer la promotion du rap créole :
Actuellement, Dug.G anime l’une des émissions musicales télévisées de tendance rap créole les plus regardées sur la chaine 2 « Storm TV ». Il offre l’opportunité aux autres artistes de présenter publiquement leur production et à son public la possibilité de les découvrir.
Dug.G ne compte plus s’arrêter et ses devises sont : Kenbe m si w kapab ! et San Kanpe !!!
For years, he was one of leading voices of Kassav’. Patrick Saint Eloi then took to going it alone and became one of the West Indies’ most credible crooners.
Patrick Saint Eloi was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe, on 20 October 58 and it was here that he experienced his first musical influences and discovered his vocation. Patrick’s passion for music began at an early age and he would often go and listen to groups with his parents, seizing the opportunity to try out instruments proffered to him by understanding musicians. He began playing on the local scene and then at 17 flew off to the promised land, Paris, where after trying his hand at guitar, drums, bass and percussion, bass, he finally got a taste for singing.
Patrick Saint Eloi’s singing career got off the ground thanks to the Antillais group Venus One. Pierre-Edouard and Georges Decimus were looking around for a young vocalist to front the “dance machine” they were setting up at the time and they spotted Saint Eloi’s nascent talent. Thus the zouk supergroupKassav’ was born and a new life began for Saint-Eloi, who got to sing on the group’s debut album. The boy with the winning smile went on to prove his vocal mettle, establishing himself as the frontline crooner of Kassav’, the Guadeloupean group who amassed an impressive stack of gold discs in the course of their career and put zouk firmly on the international music map.
1982: ” Mizik ce lanmou”
Besides assuring a hectic recording and touring schedule with Kassav’, Patrick Saint Eloi – like the other members of the group – recorded a string of solo albums under his own name. The first of these, “Mizik ce lanmou”, released in 1982, proved to be a huge hit in the French West Indies. And his subsequent albums went down equally well, generating impressive sales (between 50,000 and 85,000 each time). The 1984 album “Patrick Saint Eloi” featured the hit singles “Zouké” and “A la demande” and was followed two years later by “Bizness” recorded with Jean-Philippe Marthely. Saint Eloi’s 1992 album “Bizouk”, was followed by “Zoukamine” (1994), “Martheloi” recorded with Marthely again (1996) and then “Lovtans” in 1998. The latter featured a series of catchy zouk love tracks such as “Hello dous”, but also a number of hard-hitting topical songs such as “Inceste” and “Rehabilitation” (a poignant tribute to the victims of slavery).
Saint Eloi went on to release a live album, “Live Olympia”, in 2000. His follow-up album, “Swing Karaïb”, was released in 2002 after he had severed ties with Kassav’, leaving the group after a series of gruelling tours to spend more time with his family back home in Guadeloupe. In the winter of 2002, the singer did leave home once again, however, heading off to Paris to perform at Le Bataclan (25 & 26 November).
Continuing in the same zouk vein he had explored in his Kassav’ years, Saint Eloi acknowledged other sources of inspiration in his solo career, ranging from gwo ka (traditional music from Guadeloupe) to Brazilian influences (citing Djavan and Gilberto Gil as major musical mentors).
Having definitively finished with Kassav’, Saint Eloi went on to make a major impact with a new solo album, “Plezi”, in 2005. Breaking away from his “zouk lover” image, Saint Eloi explored a number of directions on his new album with songs such as “Ni assé” (about natural disasters) and “Respé”, a trendy ragga-zouk number featuring Didier Daly. Following the release of the album, Saint-Eloi embarked upon his “Lov’tour”, performing concerts across the length and breadth of France and appearing at Le Bataclan, in Paris (4 & 5 November).
Marking the 25th year of his career in style in 2007, Saint Eloi released “Zoukolexion”, a greatest hits collection featuring some thirty songs including past chart-toppers and four previously unreleased bonus tracks. On 16 June 2007, Saint-Eloi brought the house down when he appeared at Le Zénith, in Paris, delighting fans with a party-style anniversary concert.
Besides writing material for Kassav’ and his own solo albums, Patrick Saint Eloi has regularly put his songwriting and composing talents at the service of various friends in the music world. These includeRalph Thamar, Jocelyne Béroard, Tanya St Val and the late Edith Lefel.
On 16 June 2007, he filled the Paris Zénith for the first time singing under just his own name. The concert preceded the release of “Zoukolexion vol.1”, a double compilation of his greatest hits.
The Guadeloupe region organized a tribute to Patrick Saint Eloi on 13 August 2008. The open-air concert, which took place in the town of Moule, drew an audience of 30,000. Many West Indian artists came to take part in the show, entertaining an enthusiastic audience for several hours.
15 December 2008 saw the release of “Zoukolexion vol.2”, a 29-track double compilation. Four of the numbers were completely new: two were written for the album, and the singer had composed the other two for Béroard and Edith Lefel.
Aged fifty-two, Patrick Saint Eloi had been suffering from cancer for several months when he died on 18 September 2010 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. A public tribute was organised in Moule on 21 and 22 September before his burial. The singer’s death stirred up strong emotion throughout the West Indies, and in France as well.
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JEAN JEAN ROOSEVELT
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist
Originally from Grand Anse, South West of Haiti, Jean Jean Roosevelt is a born artist. He is the youngest of a family of six children. His father is a guitarist. His late mother was passionate about music and theater. The story goes that he was born on September 30 while his mother ran a choir. In college, he majored in art history. His music thrives on multi-ethnic influences, marked by
an existing cultural mix on the island since the slave trade. It is an alliance of Creole rhythms Nago, Ibo, yanvalou, Juba, Kongo, Rabòday, etc. and reggae influences, RnB, afro beat.
Jean Jean Roosevelt is very socially engaged. Its rich repertoire approaches universal topics such as love, gender equity, citizenship, solidarity, perseverance, preservation of the environment. The texts of his songs are mostly in French, sometimes also in Creole. We find in some of his songs, some bits of African languages and English. He has released three albums: Restart (2007), Pinga
(2009); Ya Danger (2012). He also published in 2013 “My Lavironndede” a book compiling the lyrics of his songs. Jean Jean Roosevelt won in Haiti many song contest
organized by local Grand Anse including Radio (1990), Tropical Airways (1998), Solèy Sounds System (2005, 2006) institutions. In 2013, he won the gold medal in the song category for the Francophone Games held in Nice in France and was crowned world price TV5.
His music has been applauded in many parts of the world including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United States, Canada, the French Antilles, to mention only the Survivor of the recent earthquake that hit his country Haiti in January 2010, Jean Jean Roosevelt continued his career guitar back with the main leitmotif help rebuild his beloved Haiti and the emergence of a more just world and fair.
Born in New-York in 1969, Ralph Condé is a multi talented artist and has been on the musical scene since the age of 16. After receiving his first guitar at the very young age of 6, Ralph has worked to perfect his craft and has build an extraordinary reputation for himself as a musician, a vocalist, a writer, a composer and now a recording studio owner.
His career exploded with the group “Papash” in the mid-80s with 3 best selling albums with hits such as “Gade Yo”, “Feeling Papash”, “Yon Ti Foli” to name a few.
In 1994, the group Papash reformed into “Vag” with some of the original members.
He has collaborated with numerous artists, both Haitian and Caribbean during their performances or with his compositions. His talent has taken him all over the world and he has shared prestigious stages in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean with the Group Tabou Combo which he joined in 1996 and the group “Nu Look” since 2004.
Ralph’s compositions can be found on some of Tabou Combo’s repertoire albums like “Reference”, “360 Degre”, “Why Not”, “Sans Limites” and “30 Ans au Zenith de Tabou”. He worked with a number of artists from the French caribbean islands such as Eric Virgal, Jacob Devarrieux, and Kassav’.
While in Montreal, Ralph founded the group “Banjo” and released the album and video “Si Tu T’en Vas”. In 2003 he moved to Miami, and soon after he was invited to work with the group Top -Vice, and performed on their new single “Nou Nan Zone La”. He also sang “Fanm ideal ” on Nu Look album “Still News”. You can also find his work on the latest Nu Look album with “M’anvi Pranw”.
Ralph also has a soloist path and has released an album produced by Henry Debbs with the single “Gwada” which hit it big in the French Antilles. In 2008 he released the album, “Akoustikreyol” with a more mellow sound , where you will find “Fom Ale”, “Sa Pa Komplike” and “Bluestring with a smooth jazz flavor . He also produced the soundtrack for the Haitian movie “Oasis”.
Ralph currently resides in Miami, Florida where he owns a recording studio open to musicians from all over the world. He looks forward to sharing his talent and expertise with all new artists . He currently offers an online guitar clinic for those interested in learning Kompa guitar .
Long before her consecration at the African Music Awards in 1998 with the award for Best Caribbean album, Jocelyne Labylle already had some feathers in her cap, notably in 1997 with the hit “Quand tu veux”. Simple lyrics, everyday stories, a pleasant voice which is brought to the fore with ambitious zouk melodies AND without fioritura. This is the secret to success that proves itself day after day.
Jocelyne Labylle was born on January 7th, 1973 in Saint Claude on the West Indian Island of Guadeloupe. She was attracted to the world of show business at an early age. Her dream of sequins and gloss was largely fostered by her mother’s success as a dancer in Karabina, the most famous folklore dance group in Guadeloupe. Jocelyne went to the group’s rehearsals and shows and was impatient to join her mother in the spotlight. But her destiny would be different because it was as a singer that she was noticed. Despite a happy school life she chose to go out on her own.
In 1992, Jocelyne Labylle joined the group Melodie with Tony Deloumeaux who would be the future co-leader of the group Fuzion. This first adventure barely lasted two years. Yet her had name already started to circulate in the Guadeloupian musical microcosm. In 1994 Jocelyne met Jose Vildina, founder of the famous group Zouk Orchestra. This partnership on and off stage gave her the opportunity to learn her job as a singer in a much more rigorous manner.
Learning by the old school method of live shows got her off of doing playback which is largely practised in the zouk milieu. From this point on, her name came before that of the group on the album covers. After three albums, Jocelyne left Zouk Orchestra in order to stand on her own two feet. Straight away, she wrote a song with Frederic Caracas and Liso which earned her a contract with Sonodisc records. In August 1997, the single “Quand tu veux” was heard on all the radio stations and the hit sold several thousand copies. But she did not let herself get carried away by this dazzling success. At the very most, she became aware of her potential and subjected herself to new discipline regarding work.
Regarding her appearance, she spruced up her wardrobe by opting for a sexy lace outfit, high heels, and long hair with purple streaks. At the heart of all this she had to musically confirm all of the good things people thought of her.
Parisian and African encounters
1999 constituted a strong period in the career of the one who was already being called the “icon of Zouk”. Fredreic Caracas truly became her mentor and agreed to support her in the making of her third album “On verra.” We can notice the contribution of Jean-Claude Naimro, Jacob Desvarieux of Kassav and Harry Diboula in its making. “On verra”, the song which gave the album its name was an enormous success.
That same year Jocelyne discovered Africa when she went to the Ivory Coast. This would be the first step in a long series of meetings with her African fans over whom she exercises the same power of seduction as on the West Indian public. When she sings in Africa, she feels African and she affirms that this communion is perfect.
In order to meet the numerous demands made of her, Jocelyne Labylle chose to move to Paris in 1998. In Spring 2000 she surrounded herself with a new team led by Eric Siar as manager and executive producer and she obtained more advantageous conditions with her record company Sonodisc who was now controlled by Next Music.
In July 2000, the single which announced her next album “J’ai deposé les clés” was a hit. This song was a realistic painting of a romantic break-up because of a new-found love.
On this album, the songs seem to convey a deep maturity for the young Labylle. The extravagant outfits were replaced by chic and more sober ones, and short hair. Several tracks from this opus met with success: “Je reconnais” with moving lyrics poignantly written in honour of her mother who died in 1995 and who she was able to be with until her final moments.
“Parle-moi d’elle” a song written by Harry Diboula is a medley of the work by the legendary Haitian group Coupé Cloué. We especially remember “Jusqu’au bout” where she invited the famous Ivorian group Magic System (who she met in Abidjan in 1999) and Claudy Siar, singer and radio announcer for Radio France International to join her.
Besides Frederic Caracas, the singer also put her trust into Frederic Wurtz who produced Jacques d’Arbaud’s album “Meta Ipso Facto” and composed “Kimbe” by Sonya Dersion (Jocelyne’s best friend) and who was Francky Vincent’s orchestra leader.
The album “Ma petite lumiere” stayed on top of the charts for West Indian music for twelve straight weeks and enabled Jocelyne today to not only perform regularly in Africa, like in Cameroon and Burkina Faso where she performed in Autumn 2001,but also in the French and English West Indies as well as in France.
2003 : “Laisse parler les gens”
In 2003, her partnership with Passi led to her taking part in the compilation of “Dis L’heure 2 Zouk”, produced by the French rapper. The track “Laisse parler les gens”, which she sang with Cheela and Jacob Desvarieux, shot to the top of the singles charts, selling 700,000 copies plus 200,000 copies of the album. With this summer hit, named at the Victoires de la Musique, Jocelyne gained a new level of popularity in France and at the same time increased her success in several francophone African countries where the song was also widely played.
In June 2004, she represented the West Indies at the Ebony Festival in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar. That same year, she brought out a single, “Day’O”, with Marina Ursule and Jacob Desvarieux. She also made an appearance on the disc, “Crossing West indies à Haiti” by Haitian group T-Vice, for whom she wrote the track, “Toujou là”. The two groups shared the same manager, who initiated an enduring partnership.
The singer was back at the helm of the African continent in 2005 when she rejoined the band Magic System on the stage of the Palais de la culture in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and then played with T-Vice once again in 2006 on their album “Kite’m Viv” with the track, “J’aimerais te revoir”.
In March 2007, the District Court of Paris delivered its judgement in the case of plagiarism relating to “Laisser parler les gens”. Guadeloupian singer and producer Henri Debs claimed authorship of the song, originally entitled “Je reviendrai toujours”. He won his case and the record label and producer were ordered to pay him compensation.
None of which stopped the partnership with Passi from continuing. In March 2008, the rapper took the singer with him to his hometown of Brazzaville in the Congo to accompany him on concerts at the French Cultural Centre followed by the Félix-Eboué stadium. In October, Jocelyne took part in a completely different project in Guadeloupe. Entitled “Les femmes chantent le gwo ka” (women sing gwo ka), the show was a turning point: after singing a cover version of “Kan Nida” to much applause, she decided to step aside from zouk for a while and bring out a 100% gwo ka album. The six-title CD “Roots chic Tambour bling bling” was released in 2009, in the middle of an unprecedented period of crisis in the West Indies. The song “Grèv’” (strike), directly linked to the state of affairs, quickly found a following.
A few months later, Kassav invited her on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, where Jocelyne Beroard and Jacob Desvarieux’s band were celebrating their thirtieth anniversary with a one-off concert. She also performed with the Bisso na Bisso collective on the track “Chéri pa douté”, which appeared on the team’s second album “Africa”, led by Passi.
2010: “An Ti Fanm Gwada”
Some of the collaborations she had made over previous years were released together alongside new material in the album the singer brought out in 2010, “An Ti Fanm Gwada”, marking her return to zouk.
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Born in the city of Port Au Prince, Haiti has always been the land that seen Rutshelle Guillaume smile and cry. A daughter of a Pastor, she began her musical roots in church where she began singing at the age of five. Her voice, uniquely gifted, shares Haiti’s stories of triumph over adversity, with a strong sense of resilience that quickly holds you once she embraces a microphone.
In 2007, Rutshelle joined a singing group called, “REL”, composed mainly of young Haitian musicians of the National School of the Arts. (ENARTS).
Deciding to take her music career further, in 2010 Rutshelle decided to pursue a career in the music industry where she began performing in talent show cases and events around town such as, “Havana Guitar Night and Ayiti Deploge”. It was during her training of vocal techniques, organized by James Germaine, Emeline Michel, and Steven Theodore that she grabbed the attention of Yole Derose. Rutshelle immediately became part of Yole’s talented group of female singers on a project called, Ayiti Coeur de Femme. Not only is Rutshelle a talented live stage performer but has recorded songs with artists such as Jean Jean Roosevelt, BIC, and Fantom of Barikad Crew, to name a few. In 2013 Rutshelle release a debut solo single called, ”Kitem Kriye” which quickly became a Radio and TV station favorite. Almost a year later, Rutshelle release her first album called, “Emotions” which is currently available at online stores sure as iTunes, CD Babies, and Amazon.
Since launching her solo career, Rutshelle has participated in numerous events and projects such as; The International Jazz Festival. Ayiti Coeur de Femme, Vwalye, Haiti Fashion Week, Miami’s Konpa Festival, The Kreyol Fest in New York, Nuits d’Afrique and Femmes d’ici et d’ ailleurs in Montreal, and many more. Her hard work won her the woman artist of 2014 award given by Ticket Magazine. She was also selected to be a judge in Haiti’s biggest singing talent show, Digicel Stars. Whether jamming with Rap Kreyol artist on Champ de Mars in front of thousands, in an intimate evening at Press Café, or at an extravagant Presidential Gala, Rutshelle Guillaume turns any opportunity to perform into a chance to perfect her craft and attract new fans. No audience is too large or too small to delight. Once you have had the pleasure of seeing Rutshelle in her musical element, her voice will serenade your soul for a memorable music experience.
Between rehearsals, concerts and recording an album, Rutshelle continues to create for herself a spot not only in the (HMI) Haitian Music Industry, but the internationally market as well.
“KITEM KRIYE”, the title at the top of all the charts on the list of all radio and television stations in Haiti has propelled her to the stage of the undisputed “Confirmed Talent”.
RUTSHELLE has since released her Album, entitled “EMOTIONS”. Her songs merge traditional Haitian rhythms: Compas and Reggae, Hip Hop music combined with various styles, such as Ragga, with jazz, pop, folk and so much more.
She has undoubtedly conquered the heart of Haiti with her World Music Rhythm & Style, a captivating and versatile songstress full of style and passion sings her repertoire both in French and Haitian Creole.
Rutshelle is a graduate of, Ecole Normale Supérieure, where she studied philosophy. She also has a certificate of leadership from Washington DC. Today her life is divided between her professional activities, her musical career, and her lovely daughter. A diamond I the rough and a beautiful representative of Haiti’s music, culture and art, Rutshelle is a true star.
Yvon “Kapi” André began his musical career at the age of sixteen, as part of Haiti’s most celebrated band Tabou Combo that has been active for over four decades. As a percussionist, vocalist, and songwriter, André has been instrumental in connecting international audiences with Haitian music for the very first time. Indeed, French audiences bought over a million copies of their 1974 hit, “New York City.” Observing the music’s global appeal, André the group became the first Haitian band to tour through Japan in 1990, and have served as both official and unofficial ambassadors of Haiti’s cultural traditions ever since.
Versed in piano performance, music theory, and jazz, he began his solo career with the Afro Caribbean Project in 2006. With this project, André released four full-length albums: Ceremony 2006, Respect 2008, Magic Haiti 2012, Heritage 2013 and soon to be released “Mizik sou Brooklyn Bridge” Adding his unique style to the arrangements, the project draws on the rich Haitian repertoire, pulling from folk songs, Vodou rhythmic and vocal elements, and classic compositions that are deeply resonant from listeners. Through the success of gus solo artistic venture, the Afro Caribbean Project morphed into one that promotes celebration, education, and promotion of Haitian culture to audiences in South Florida. The Haitian Heritage Preservation Inc. ultimately aims to keep young Haitian-Americans in constant dialogue with the country’s history both at home and its Diaspora through performance of its rich songbook presented in a modern setting. With Kapi and friends, he was able to gather a group of dedicated musicians to perform materials from his solo projects and so far it’s working just fine.
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…’
Legendary vocalist Roger M. Eugene (Shoubou) has been the world’s most popular Haitian singer for the past 30 years. He is known for his ability to easily switch gears to generate excitement and electricity. Shoubou loves interacting with audiences. He often imitates dancers in the audience and has been known to give on stage Creole lessons as he invites people to sing along. Shoubou joined Tabou in 1968 when he moved to the village of Petion-Ville from Haiti’s province of Port-de-Paix. Like most great singers, Shoubou’s singing career started in the church. Then later, he played in a local band in Port-De-Paix with his good friend and well-known singer Cubano, currently with Les Skah-Shah. Shoubou said his musical idols are Gerard Dupervil, Ray Charles and Guy Derosier.
February 2, 1918 – May 18, 1985
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Third child of a family of four children, Nemours was born on February 2, 1918, and died on May 18, 1985, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the premature death of his parents, Lucia, dressmaker, and Clément Jean-Baptiste, shoemaker, Nemours and his brothers and sister, André, Monfort and Altagrace were entrusted to their next of kin. After some studies at the two parochial schools, Jean-Marie Guilloux and Saint Louis de Gonzague, Nemours was on his own at an early age and tasted some difficult moments in his life. He did some insignificant jobs to meet his needs. Having become a barber, Nemours could find without doubt, in his clients and the barber shop, the audience and the ideal place to discuss his love and express his talent for music. A gift received by chance was his first sponsorship through a friend, Antoine Duverger. Owner and banjo player, Duverger decided to entrust his beloved banjo to Nemours to avoid the parental reprimands children “of good families” in the beginning of the century did not play music. Nemours took advantage of this confidence and learned to play the banjo by himself. Luck was on his side, when Duverger did not respect one of his commitments to the Guignard Brothers. Nemours replaced him. The performance was a success and brought him back $30.00 and his recruitment by the Guignard Brothers. From this date, Nemours devoted himself completely to music, animating organized parties through the country; a career of about twenty-five years had just started. During one of his tours, he met Marie Felicité C. Olivier. They were married on September 28, 1946 and had three children Marie-Denise who died at the age of two (2) years, Yvrose and Yves Nemours, Jr.
The beginnings of Nemours’ career consisted especially of tours abroad throughout the country enlivening parties. Morever, on Saint Ann’s Day, July 26, 1955, Nemours created the rhythm that was to become the “Compas” in forming his own musical group, Conjunto International. The original band members were Julien Paul, Monfort Jean-Baptiste, (Nemours’ brother), Anilus Cadet, Mozart and Krutzer Duroseau, and for one month Wébert Sicot who was soon replaced by Frank Brignol. But, that was not his first attempt at being a band leader. Previously, he had led contemporary groups such as Anacaona, Jazz Atomique, and Jazz Atomique Junior.
Weber Sicot was never a member in Jazz Atomique and in Atomique Jr. Maestro Nemours Jean-Baptiste never played guitar in Jazz Atomique, he always played his saxophone. Also, Louis Lahens was not a member in “Ensemble Aux Calebasses”, therefore he did not sing “Calebasses Kanpe.
In 1956, the career of the artist took a new direction when he met his first promoter, Jean Lumarque, owner of a contemporary club, “Calebasses” which means “Gourds”. Jean Lumarque organized the first tour overseas for Nemours and his group, accompanying them to the United States of America and Mexico. However, a short time after, Nemours had to leave Lumarque for Senatus Lafleur, owner of another Club, “Palladium”. Nevertheless, it was again Jean Lumarque who, in 1961, brought the group to the United States and on July 5, during a party at the headquarter of the United Nations, Nemours received a plaque. After another back and forth from Palladium to Calebasses, Nemours and his group were named successively “Ensemble aux Calebasses”, “Ensembe Nemours Jean-Baptiste”, “Ensemble Compas Direct”, and again “Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste” were hired by René Marini, owner of “Cabane Choucoune”, where they performed from 1962 to 1970. During this period in 1963, Nemours and his group, participated for the first time in a carnival parade, at the public request. It is to be noted that Nemours suffered from glaucoma. In 1967, his opthalmologist had to remove one of his eyes during a surgical intervention in a hospital in Port-de-Paix.
Nemours stayed for two years (1970-1972) in the United States of America and performed in some clubs such as Chateau Caribe (Manhattan) and Canne-à-Sucre (Sugar Cane) (Corona, Queens). When he returned to his native country in 1972, he took charge of a new group, the Top Compas, rebaptized “Super Combo de Nemours Jean-Baptiste” and toured in Guadeloupe, from May to December 1973. In May 1974, a promoter from Guadeloupe, Hubert Romain, had them tour in turn through Guadeloupe, Martinique, France and then Guadeloupe again to return to Haiti in November 1974. Their transit in France, in September 1974, was an immense success prompted by the song “Ti Carole”, that was a hit on “Radio Télévision France Inter” for six months. When he returned to Haiti in November 1974, the group went back to “Cabane Choucoune” until its dissolution in 1979 with the departure to the U.S.A. of its founder, Wagner Lalanne.
In 1980, about a quarter of a century after the launching of his immense career, Nemours found himself a lone musician. Fortunately, Eddy Zamor, radio personality and producer during the 60’s in Haiti, having become a promoter of music in the U.S., was able to come to Nemours’ rescue. He sponsored an evening for Nemours’ twenty-fifth anniversary of “Compas” and the event was celebrated in great style with the group “Skah Shah” at the Club “Olympia Palace”. The evening was, in some fashion, a tribute crowning the great career of Nemours Jean-Baptiste. His next attempt to play in the U.S.A. in 1981, this time accompanied by a long time musical rival, Wébert Sicot, was destined to fail. Nemours became seriously ill and had an operation in New York in Elmhurst Hospital, Queens. He passed the last four years of his life in Haiti, fighting against prostate cancer and blindness. In spite of the plea to the contrary of his wife and children, he chose to die in his country, always saying when he died his value would be recognized.
Nemours and the Compas Direct
Until the mid point of the twentieth century, the needs of the Haitian public in live musical presentations animation had been satisfied mainly by the troubadours and the cadence “tipico” coming from the neighboring Republic. This cadence and/or the Hispanic groups dominated the major part of our public festivities or/and much of the private. The beginnings of Nemours in 1955, and 1956, have been marked by this cadence that has allowed him to capture the heart of the public. However, Nemours never appreciated this colonisation of the haitian musical market. On one side of the haitian border, the Dominican and the Cubans lived their music, on the other side our brothers were humiliated by the foreign provenance of these two groups.
Inspired in some way by this national feeling helped by his intelligence, Nemours has given to the Haitian people their proper cadence: the “Compas”. After the launching of his career, he has not stopped with the banjo skills, he had learned le saxophone and the guitar.
Another attractive future of Nemours’ public image was his profuse creativity. At the peak of his career, he pampered his public regularly with a new composition. Almost every Saturday, his fans were waiting for him at Rex Théatre and they were never dissappointed either by the content and or the form. The Haitian ladies, regularly the object of satire by the musicians, were Nemours’ favorites. There were hits such as “aprann renmen”, “rob antrav”, “Solange” not to cite others. As for the “Compas”, his dear child that he brought to live, he never ceased to predict its success and longevity. Hits such as : “Universal Compas”, “Vivre Compas”, “La Joie de Vivre” provide proof. For Nemours, the key to this success or longevity is to keep the rhythm or cadence as simple as possible.
Banjo player, guitariste, saxophonist, composer and band leader, Nemours Jean-Baptiste, was a complete artist. He has been for Haitian music what the Heros of his country were for Haiti. At his death, on May 18, 1985, he had passed a rich heritage to the Haitian musical market. The foundation created by Nemours constituted an inexhaustible source that has inspired and continues to guide the succeeding generations. Today still, a half century after the creation of Compas, the Haitian public never tires of dancing to the music of Nemours and the Compas.
George Lys Herard (May 30, 1961 – May 21, 1994), popularly known as Master Dji, was a Haitian rapper, and Hip-Hop artist. DJ of the group “Haiti Rap’ N Ragga”, Master Dji was the founder of Creole hip-hop.
Best known for his debut album “Master Dji”, considered by many one of the greatest Creole Hip-Hop albums of all time. This album established Master Dji as one of Haiti ’s most profound lyricists, introducing his signature which is poetic.
Master Dji was also a radio host at Radio Metropole and Tropic FM. A pioneer in the Haitian Music Industry, he created a very subdued genre of music which was not previously thought of before. Due to his creation the New generation was able to form a connection between rara, rasin, kompa, rap and reggae. He pioneered a type of music that is a combination of all the music genres that most Young people listen to in Haiti. Master Dji knew how to get the attention of the young people, so throughout his music he would talk and also educate them.
Hip-Hop was not that Popular in Haiti , moreover, society had a bad perception of the music. However Master Dji managed to get his tracks played by certain radio stations. He was versatile; whether it was inEnglish, French or Creole he always found a way to rip the mic. With all three languages he reached out to many different crowds. As a result, he was also known overseas. In fact, he’s one of a few MCs to be played for more than twelve hours in radio stations in Africa.
“Tann pou tann” by Master Dji received the first prize from the annual African Haitian video awards which was held from April 27 to May 7, 1995, and organized by “Disques Hibiscus” with the participation of the televised music channel “MusiquePlus”. The video was Directed by Master Dji himself and Jean-Pierre Grasset. The award jury and Ralph Boney decided to name the annual video award show after “Master Dji” in honor of the Haitian rapper, visionary, father of kreyol hip-hop, and pioneer of music videos in the Caribbean since 1985.
The first rap song in Creole was a track called Vakans by Master Dji in 1982. A few years later (late 1980s) he released his first album entitled Master Dji.
His second album entitled Politik Pam was released in 1990 under bwa patat records; his third album was with his group “Haiti Rap’ N Ragga” entitled Match La Red; it was released under Declic Communication in France.
His fourth album, with his group, entitled Maximum Respect was released under Cross over records in Florida. Maximum Respect was Master Dji’s last project before dying.
From May 20 to May 22, 2005, Rapforum organized a summit called Master Dji to honor the late rapper. Master Dji was not only known in Haiti, but also throughout the whole Caribbean as the founder of kreyol hip-hop. The event took place at “Place Jérémie”, where hundreds of teens had the chance to discover the different talents and life of the pioneer.
His legacy was not only that of a rapper, a singer, dj, but also a radio host, ever since he was 16 Several pictures, lyrics, and videos were put together by SOLDAT PRODUCTIONS. Those documents were provided by “Mme Sita Hérard, mother of Master Dji. Among the different people who attended the event, were: Eliacim Abollassen (Soldat Productions), Garry Saint-Germain (Rapforum), and James Berlus (Asrap).
Master Dji is widely considered one of the greatest Haitian MCs. He was a visionary. He created something new in a country where people did not even like hip-hop. The Haitian community had very little knowledge of what hip-hop was back then, and it was hard for them to accept it. Master Dji managed to mix reggae, kompa, and hip-hop to form a new sound; and the public embraced it. He was also very political, and his lyrics were deep and carried a message behind the songs. Master Dji’s work is often overlooked- with only true kreyol hip-hop fans, purists and kreyol hip-hop artists paying homage to the legend.