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Haiti Direct - Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978

by Various Artists

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

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Haiti Direct - Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978

by Various Artists

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Label: Strut
Haiti's grooves lack the popularity of reggae, soca or son, but the accessibility of these 28 cuts of dance music may surprise you. Compiler Hugo Mendez favors the real Antillean deal, meaning not just méringue but such offshoots as compas direct (slower), mini-jazz (smaller bands), rara (very traditional), and Cuban-influenced twoubadou (troubadours) and cadence rampa (mambo-ish). If those genres sound unfamiliar, don't worry. Juggle the rhythms as best you can while enjoying the surf guitar, Afrobeat organ and alto saxes. Plus, a "Hotel California" adaptation called "Jive Turkey."

About This Album

Haiti's grooves lack the popularity of reggae, soca or son, but the accessibility of these 28 cuts of dance music may surprise you. Compiler Hugo Mendez favors the real Antillean deal, meaning not just méringue but such offshoots as compas direct (slower), mini-jazz (smaller bands), rara (very traditional), and Cuban-influenced twoubadou (troubadours) and cadence rampa (mambo-ish). If those genres sound unfamiliar, don't worry. Juggle the rhythms as best you can while enjoying the surf guitar, Afrobeat organ and alto saxes. Plus, a "Hotel California" adaptation called "Jive Turkey."

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About This Album

Haiti's grooves lack the popularity of reggae, soca or son, but the accessibility of these 28 cuts of dance music may surprise you. Compiler Hugo Mendez favors the real Antillean deal, meaning not just méringue but such offshoots as compas direct (slower), mini-jazz (smaller bands), rara (very traditional), and Cuban-influenced twoubadou (troubadours) and cadence rampa (mambo-ish). If those genres sound unfamiliar, don't worry. Juggle the rhythms as best you can while enjoying the surf guitar, Afrobeat organ and alto saxes. Plus, a "Hotel California" adaptation called "Jive Turkey."