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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 (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.

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I have some Cuban music CDs and was looking for similar offerings in the same style. This fits the bill and is excellent value. It works for me as background music while eating dishes from that zone and as a summer feel pick-me-up.
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This really is a treasure trove of music. At its best it has the quality of the best Malian or Guinean music of 70s. The sleeve notes are first class too
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