BIOGRAPHY
  • 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).

    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.

    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).

    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!
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    Kompasoul Impresses On 'No Rules'

    No Rules is the debut album of Kompasoul, a new band from Montreal, Canada. The 13 tracks flow seamlessly and leave you dancing throughout the duration of the project. What's most impressive about Kompasoul is their versatility. While the band is able to churn out hard-hitting club bangers promoters will love (Pè severans, Pirana, Manje Pou 2), they also craft mellow konpa love and zouk hits DJs will spin. And the transition between the two sounds is effortless. Even...

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    Underground Spotlight: VOGGE

    You may not know them yet, but VOGGE is in vogue. Ocho and Ostinato spoke to us about the duo's distinct sound and global aspirations. Get to know them and get ready to shoki on the dance floor. 1. Introduce us to VOGGE. How did the collaboration come about? OCHO: The Collaboration came around in 2014. We knew each other from various sporting events around town, but it wasn't until 2014 that we put our talents together and started...

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    For Mom

    That voice in your head isn't your conscience. It's your mother, whispering "Pitit mwen, sa a w'ap fè la a?" Reminding you that you're better than this. Telling you to dust yourself off and finish what you started. Urging you to be as great as she knows you were destined to be. Because that's what mothers do. She always knows best and always wants the best for you. Whether your mother is a short drive away, a phone call away, or in heaven watching down, these songs remind us that the our greatest...

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    Rapping our History From Dessalines to Martelly

    Tomorrow, we celebrate the Haitian flag's 211th anniversary. We have a lot to be proud of. And a lot to think about. Many songs fit the occasion. Would we feature a nostalgic ode like Jacques Sauveur Jean's Ayiti Cheri and MikaBen's Ayiti Se? Or poignant reality checks like BelO's Detripay? Kumbaya...

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    Five Diaspora Winter Anthems

    A few weeks ago, all 50 states reached freezing temperatures. The Polar vortex may be gone, but most of us still can't feel our toes. Since humans can't hibernate, staying in and hunkering down is only a temporary fix. Plus, we have to brave the cold to pay those bills. Good thing, we have music to warm our souls. Quite a few Haitian artists have migrated to the States, Canada, and Europe. They've all experienced the winter blues and expressed their lingering homesickness in song. Here are a few of our favorites. They're a potent cocktail of frustration and nostalgia. We'd cry,...

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    Who Is Joé Dwèt Filé

    Joé Dwèt Filé dropped his debut À Deux last week and sold out his first-ever concert at La Cigale. Is it all hype? Short answer: no. Long answer? Here's how @JoeDwetFile became one of the hottest acts in France. Thread. First, some quick facts.Yes, he's Haitian.Birth name: Jo Gilles Birthplace: Montreuil, France Why Dwt File? Hes a beast on keys. pic.twitter.com/9Mrv3zHBWJ—...

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    Songwriter's Corner: J-Ron

    Ever since he dropped All I Want is You, Ronald "J-Ron" Jean, has been working hard mastering his unique blend of RnB infused Konpa and Zouk. And he sure has perfected it. Song after song, he drops silky vocals over buttery smooth tracks. We talked to the singer-songwriter about his writing, influences and plans to take his sound worldwide. 1. If J-Ron was not a singer-songwriter what could have been another path? If I wasn't a singer, I'd...