This is the Haitian Kompa Music, the most popular form of music in Haiti. Someof the most talented Kompa bands include T-Vice, Djakout, Tropicana D'haiti, Septent, Skah Shah, Tabou Combo. In term of individual artists of the Haitian music, we have some popular names such as Bethova Obas, Coupe Cloue, Ansy and Yole Derose, and more

Yves Mondesir, Whoo Kid's, Controversial Minimalist Style

Yves Mondesir is a Haitian hip-hop-rap DJ, who goes by the name Whoo Kid, and whose trademark "Whoooooo Kiiiiiid", graces all his mixtapes. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens Village, New York. He has a long discography of mixtapes, dating back to 2000, beginning with his hosted re-mix of "50 Cent Is the Future".

He has produced his mixtapes under several record labels: G-Unit, Shady Ville Entertainment, Money Management Group, and Dream Big Ventures. Artists he has recorded mixtapes for, include rap and hip-hop acts 50 Cent, Eminem, Snoop Dog, Wyclef Jean, and Young Jeezy.

Whoo Kid's controversial mixing style has one music critic complaining his mixtapes are so simplistic. Therefore he can issue them on a weekly basis. By definition, re-mixes as they are also referred to, layer parts of other artist tracks to create an original sound, often with a motif.

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Yvon Andre of Tabou Combo 'Kapi'

He is one of the original members and players of the Tabou Combo music group. Yvon Andre 'Kapi' was born in Petion Ville, Haiti where he was raised up. He got an interest in the music industry at a very tender age of only 17 where he was still in high school and during what time there were little expectations on any of the artists back then.

Kapi was a drummer and was in a local band when he got to be invited to play at one of the major occasions in the town. It was in this party that he got to be noticed by Albert Chancy who was the founder of the music group Tabou Combo. By then it was not known as Tabou Combo but instead was called Los Incognitos. However it was at this party that the group to be was founded and was the beginning of their long journey to fame.

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Claude "Tico" Pasquet to be honored by County Commissioner Jean Monestime

Claude "Tico" Pasquet was a drummer and percussionist in Konpa music. He was born in Haitian family of music, where people like Dodof, Archibald, Alexandre, Jean and Andre came from. He developed drumming skills from his uncles Alexandre and Richard. He compared a drum to life in music because the drum made music sweet. He played in a group known as La Belle Etoile for two years and in 1967 his family migrated to New York.

His passion for music would not allow him to stay without singing so he joined another group known as Les Freres Sicot. This group made him to grow very fast in music and with time he started focusing on techniques of international drummers like Steve Gadd. In 1969 Claude "Tico" Pasquet joined a group of his own generation known as Babby Jazz and later Les Difficiles de New York. He was a skilled drummer whom everyone admired. He went back to Haiti in 1972 to play with Robert Martino in Les Gypsies but his unique drumming nature was noticed by all the fans.

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Haitian Musician Claude Cajuste

All that is known about him is that Claude G Cajuste is a lead guitarist from a Haitian band. The band he is part of is famous, though it has seen its better and worst days. He is an artist and a musician who utilizes her God given talent to the fullest without being ashamed of showcasing his talent.

The band's popularity grew 10 fold when star singer Ti Manno joined the band at the end of the 1970's. By the early 1980's Ti Manno came out with his own band, Gemini All Stars, with some young blood like Mario Germain on Bass, Ansyto Mercier on Keyboard, Patrick Casseus on Drums,Imgart Manigat vocal and Ti Claude Geffrard Cajuste on lead Guitar. After the album 'Expoitation" ironically the young blood left the band for unfair treatment by the manager who happened to be Ti Manno's wife herself.

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Daniel Beaubrun and Lolo founded Boukman Eksperyans

Son of Haitian actor Daniel Beaubrun is a talented bass player. He, together with his brother Lolo founded the band Boukman Eksperyans in late 1970s. There is a story behind this band which was named after the legendary Jamaican-born voodoo priest Boukman Dutty.

Boukman bravely fought for the Creole freedom in 1804. Lolo with his wife were there to find their cultural roots which led them to a religion which was a huge opposition force to the Haiti government and also to the dominant Catholic Church. In influence to such a religion they began their own drum ensemble under the name Boukman Eksperyans.

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Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer, musician

Daniel Bernard Roumain is one of the Haitian-American artists that have rocked the world for their talents and capabilities. He is an all-time recording artist, composer, performer and band leader. He is known for his abilities to easily blend different types of music and comes up with unique and very attractive forms of music.
Among his famous collections and makings is the blend of funk, rock, classical and hip hop music to generate a really interesting and attractive form of music that is very sweet to all those who listen to it. Roumain is able to do all these simply because despite having the talent he also went to school where he perfected and mastered the various ways of doing what he does best.
Daniel Bernard Roumain attended Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attained his first degree in Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and furthered for a doctorate which he got at the University of Michigan. He is thus a very educated musician who knows what is best for what he does. There are many who admire his music which as he claims is an afro fusion type of music specially meant for those who love all the types of music like he does.
It is for this reason that he did come up with his types of music and why he opts at all times to come up with unique stuff that will keep his audience interested and thrilled all the way to the last tune. Daniel Bernard Roumain has many diff ranging from being a composer where he has collaborated with various famous names such as Paul D. Miller also best known as DJ Spooky. He is thus a very prominent figure to watch out for as very soon he could be the next big thing in the world of music.

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Dawn Richard, A Force of Nature (Singer)

Dawn Angeliqué Richard, birthdate August 5, 1983, is an American singer and composer, and ex-member of group Danity Kane. Richard, of African-American and Haitian ethnicity, lived in New Orleans while growing up, before Hurricane Katrina force her to move to Baltimore, Maryland. Both Richard's parents are also entertainers, her father a member of Funk-Soul band, Chocolate Milk, her mother a dance instructor and vocal coach.

Beginning in her teens, Dawn Angeliqué Richard's first musical gig was with Realiti, a New Orleans group. A few years later she signed with Yeah! Brother Records, where she made her debut album, Been a While with the song "So What", produced by NeYo. Sean "Diddy" Combs, head of Bad Boy Records, planned to release the album, but it was postponed.

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DJ Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee, a Haitian rapper

DJ Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee, a Haitian rapper, met in 1984 at Downtown Records in Manhattan and quickly made a demo, "Fresh Is The Word", which led to being signed by Sleeping Bag Records. "Fresh Is The Word" debuted as a single in 1985 in dance clubs, charting #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart, and was included on Mantronix: The Album.

DJ Kurtis Mantronix's music style, on its first album, "defined the new sound of electro-funk." A polyrhythmic combination of electronic drums, synthesizer, vocoder and a synthesized voice hovering over a bass line, it defined electronic music in its purest form.

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DL Incognito, Haitian Canadian hip hop rapper

Born in Ottawa of Haitian of Haitian parents, DL Incognito has given remarkable hip hop music to the world. He started his music career in 1998 and faced many challenges and stiff competition. He never gave up despite all his life's ups and downs. His challenges have been a real inspiration for him. The real name of DL Incognito is Oliver Nestor. He is a Canadian hip hop rapper as well as a producer. With his real hard work and awesome hip hop tracks, he has been nominated for the best rap recording for couple of times by the Juno Award.

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Edy Brisseaux, Haitian Musician

Edy Brisseaux was an outstanding Haitian musician who engaged with music as early as at the age of nine. Guitar was the first musical instrument to be learnt by him with his father who was also an amateur musician. Afterwards, he started playing trumpet during his high school life where he studied with another prominent musician Michel Desgrottes. When he was 17 he started to engage himself with top bands of Haiti such as: Dixie Band, Skah Shah, Caribbean Sextet, Zekle, Freres Dejan etc.

Brisseaux had a long passion to form a new band to bring new sound in Haitian music and subsequently formed his own band Bazilik in 1987. The first album of the band was released after five years of the formation in 1992. Interestingly, the first album of Bazilik was shaken the music industry of the country and was recognized as an advanced project in Haitian music. In addition, he was graded as a true avant gardist.

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