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Haiti Direct - Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978
Various Artists
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January 22, 2014

"A fascinating document that swings like hell." Mojo ****

"The first in-depth survey of the Caribbean country’s unique and varied musical history... sure to make a huge impact." Vinyl Factory

Limited 180g Vinyl Edition (Only in the Strut Store).

Hugo Mendez from Sofrito presents the first ever retrospective of the golden era of Haitian music from the big band sound of compas direct in the mid-'50s to the inspired mini jazz scene of the '60s and '70s. The album covers influential bandleaders such as Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot and the wave of smaller bands that followed in their wake, many building ultra-loyal audiences from their local neighbourhoods. Tracks also cover the more folk-based and acoustic twoubadou style, popularised by artists like Coupe Cloue. Many bands would later make the move to the States and enjoy further success among the Haitian ex-pat communities including Tabou Combo, Shleu-Shleu and Ibo Combo. 'Haiti Direct' tells the full story.

Note: the 2LP vinyl version includes CDs containing all album tracks

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Ti Garçon Ibo Combo 3:57 Buy
  2. 2 Choc Vikings Les Vikings 4:21 Buy
  3. 3 Ti Machine Les Animateurs 6:56 Buy
  4. 4 Pile Ou Face Les Loups Noirs 5:13 Buy
  5. 5 6ème Leçon Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole 5:58 Buy
  6. 6 Line Bossa Combo 5:29 Buy
  7. 7 Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour 4:30 Buy
  8. 8 Cochon St. Antoine Ti Paris 3:33 Buy
  9. 9 Compas X Groupe Les Chleu-Chleu 3:58 Buy
  10. 10 Gadé Moune Yo Râ Râ De Léogane 4:22 Buy
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