But Dessein could not imagine ignoring his passion for compas, he says. But the genre is evolving quickly, he says. Young musicians are trading the homegrown sound for musical styles and techniques from other parts of the world, he explains. The musical genre, rooted in Haiti, is enjoyed across the Caribbean. But the popularity of genre comes with a cost, some say. Using brass instruments, drums and traditional instruments, artists developed a sound that is often accompanied by dancing. But compas is losing its favor with local audiences, as musicians bring new dance routines, production techniques and sounds to their work, local experts and fans say. Urban styles of music including rap, reggae, and rock are more popular than compas among Haitians, according to a survey conducted by Ayiti Mizik, an organization of Haitian music professionals. Henry says that these artists bring Haitian culture to life with each song and performance. Veteran artists need to take an active role in preserving compas by teaching and mentoring young artists, Dessein says.
Haitian with Emeline
Originally sewn on May 18, by Catherine Flon with guidance from her godfather, Haitian revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the Haitian flag is a source of pride for Haitians worldwide and its annual commemoration on May 18th is one of our most revered traditions. Consequently, on the evening of May 18, , the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC hosted a celebration to commemorate the th anniversary of the Haitian flag. The event brought together over guests, Haitians and non-Haitians alike, who gathered at the Chancery to celebrate years of the Haitian flag. Through the presentation, many of the guests learned for the first time about the different versions of the Haitian Flag that have existed from to
This recording combines vocal interpretations of Vodou an Afro-Haitian religion ceremonial songs and popular secular melodies by legendary Haitian singer, dancer and folklorist Emerante de Pradines and the all-male folklorique chorus Michele Dejan Group. Recorded by Harold Courlander during the s movement folklorique-a period revaluing the traditional arts and practices of the Haitian peyizan peasants , de Pradines maintains a traditional troubadour-like performance of songs while the Michele Dejan Group arranges all traditional tunes into liturgical or full chorale settings. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content.
Of the many styles of Haitian music, perhaps the most popular and culturally significant is compas, a complex dance music combining African rhythms and European ballroom dancing within a quintessentially Haitian aesthetic. After studying at the Detroit Jazz Center, she returned to Haiti where her career blossomed. Now based in New York City, Emeline is known as a respected voice for social issues concerning women and children worldwide. She writes her music in both English and Haitian Creole, in a style that fuses pop, jazz, the blues, and, of course, compas. Visit the video index to watch all the videos for Emeline and the other Program One artists.