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Haiti Direct!

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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: STRUT
  • ASIN: B00EOC016I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ti GarçonIbo Combo 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Choc VikingsLes Vikings 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ti MachineLes Animateurs 6:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pile Ou FaceLes Loups Noirs 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 6ème LeçonRodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. LineBossa Combo 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Panno Caye Nan Bois ChêneLes Fantaisistes de Carrefour 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cochon St. AntoineTi Paris 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Compas XGroupe Les Chleu-Chleu 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gadé Moune YoRâ Râ De Léogane 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. An SeptièmeLes Difficiles de Pétion-Ville 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ce PasTabou Combo 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Désordre MusicalLes Pachas Du Canapé Vert 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ti Lu LupeScorpio Universel 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mal ÉlevéRaoul Guillaume Et Son Groupe 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Coté Moune YoSuper Jazz Des Jeunes 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jouc Li JouPierre Blain Et Orchestre Murat Pierre 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Calma PèlerinEnsemble Meridional Des Cayes10:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messe Quatre HeuresEnsemble Etoile Du Soir 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ti CaroleNemours Jean-Baptiste 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Baptême RattOrchestre Septentrional 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ensemble Select En ActionTrio Select 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Homenaje A Los AmbajadoresLes Ambassadeurs 7:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. L'ArtiboniteLes frères Déjean 6:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suspan'nCaribbean Sextet 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jive TurkeyDjet-X 5:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ambiance CadenceOrchestre Webert Sicot 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Poun PacianceOrchestre Tropicana D'Haiti 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Strut presents HAITI DIRECT, the first in-depth exploration of the vibrant and varied colours of Haiti s music from the early 60s to the late 70s. HAITI DIRECT celebrates the overlooked musical legacy of Haiti, going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean. At the dawn of the '60s, as Jamaica twisted American R n B into ska and reggae and musicians from Cuba and Puerto Rico codified the sound of Salsa, Haiti gave birth to Compas Direct. an updating of the traditional Meringue rhythm, adapted with a new swing and complex arrangements. The driving sound and irresistible beat of Compas swiftly dominated the French-speaking Caribbean as well as taking root in the urban centres of New York, Paris, Montreal and Miami. As the decade waned, the big band orchestras of Compas-originator Nemours Jean- Baptiste and musical rival Webert Sicot gave way to new, smaller groups like Shleu Shleu and Les Frères Déjean. Raw electric guitars, wailing sax lines and driving percussion combined as the groups blended local rhythms with rock and jazz influences, producing a raucous, punchy and densely textured sound that paved the way for the next decade. Into the 70s, the Mini-jazz sound had become a major force across the Caribbean and into mainland Europe and South America. Tabou Combo filled New York s Central Park for a Summer concert and topped the charts in France, bringing the sound of Compas to a new and wider audience. They would eventually form one of the cornerstones of the Zouk wave in the '80s. Compiled by Hugo Mendez, co-founder of the excellent Sofrito label and sound system, HAITI DIRECT features classic material from the early days of groups such as Tabou Combo and Les Freres Déjean as well as rarities from lesser known groups - bringing together the sound of Compas with Latin workouts, psychedelic experiments and the Cuban influenced Twoubadou singers that continued to be a key part of the fabric of Haitian musical life.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By ld
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A truely fabulous alarm - had the whole family singing along - especially to Mal Eleve - and a wonderful compilation of songs. Have bought two copies for presents for like minded friends.

Purchased after seeing very positive review in Metro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars a double cd treasure 30 April 2014
By David coppinger - Published on
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I heard a track on my local community station, by Les Animateurs...thought at first it was West African...but there was something different.I had to have it and bought the cd!. This is such a treasure trove of great music..there is that vibrancy that is common with the african West coast..a love of guitars, backed up with sax, vocals, percussion...and a BIG dose of Caribbean vibe. There is also a distinct streak of a darker side...some vocals that reflect a different energy, not a church choir inspired harmony.
enjoy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice introduction to haitian music. 7 April 2014
By Thomas B Weden - Published on
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this is a fine collection of mainstream haitian music. it features lots of the good orchestras. this style of music has lots of ringing guitars and funky horns set to a gentle dance rhythm. i strongly recommend this. it is nice to see a fine record company like strut branching out.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 Mar 2014
By Stephen Goldstein - Published on
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Everything I could have hoped for and more. It has a wonderful flavor. Very nice historic representation of Haitian music. Thanks to NPR for the story that led me to this gem!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so good 5 Mar 2014
By Pamela S Henry-Biskup - Published on
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This music is so good and uplifting. The musicianship is also incredible! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves good music.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 30 April 2014
By Harold M. Holmes, J D - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I suppose I expected the modern "compay" music I danced to back in the 70s and 80s.
The old school stuff just did not move me in any appreciable way. In terms of dollars spent,
it was a waste.
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