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Haiti Direct - Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978
Various Artists
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Release Date
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

    Ti Garçon

  2. 2 Choc Vikings Les Vikings 4:21 Buy

    Choc Vikings

  3. 3 Ti Machine Les Animateurs 6:56 Buy

    Ti Machine

  4. 4 Pile Ou Face Les Loups Noirs 5:13 Buy

    Pile Ou Face

  5. 5 6ème Leçon Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole 5:58 Buy

    6ème Leçon

  6. 6 Line Bossa Combo 5:29 Buy


  7. 7 Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour 4:30 Buy

    Panno Caye Nan Bois Chêne

  8. 8 Cochon St. Antoine Ti Paris 3:33 Buy

    Cochon St. Antoine

  9. 9 Compas X Groupe Les Chleu-Chleu 3:58 Buy

    Compas X

  10. 10 Gadé Moune Yo Râ Râ De Léogane 4:22 Buy

    Gadé Moune Yo

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