Some Haitian Compas In The Mix

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Some Haitian Compas In The Mix

Today Skempi News features the legendary Haitian Compas band Les Shleu Shleu. Formed in 1965 in Bas-Peut de Chose, Port-Au-Prince, the band played throughout Haiti for 5 years before gaining international fame when they got booked to play in New York at Casa Borinquen. They then went on to play in many large American cities, spreading many of the musical gems of the Haitian diaspora.

They experienced a decline from 1976 until 1991 as a result of the departure of many of the original band members but in 1991 they got a revival when brand new musicians were added to the lineup. Listen to one of their charming creations below…

Gerson Eleonora (1987) has a passion for writing, whether it be short stories, poems or the biographies, reviews and music articles displayed here on the site. He is an aficionado of everything Caribbean, it’s almost as if salt water runs through his veins.
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