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Tanbou Toujou Lou - Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Voudou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960 - 1981 – 2016

The musical scholar Vik Sohonie, veteran researcher, writer and music editor, has edited Tanbou Toujou Lou as the first work for his own label, Ostinato. A compilation of 19 themes of what he considers the 20 years of the golden age of Haitian music.

Selected from private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn, New York, and on multiple research trips to Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Gonaïves and Saint Marc (Haiti), the themes represent the diversity of styles that spanned the fundamental years of musical innovation in Haiti. From the legendary and elegant parties of Big Bands in the iconic discos of Port-au-Prince to the rhythms of the countryside; from African sounds like kompa and accordion-driven meringue and drum patterns of voodoo jazz, to hypnotic arrangements of tenor saxophone and psychedelic interpretations of folklore. Amazing examples of their respective genres that have a particularly Haitian and fresh dynamic.

Beautifully packaged and with a libretto that provides prolific information about a music scene that has received little attention, compared to its neighbors in the Caribbean, this is a work done with devotion. Tanbou Toujou Lou may be the most amazing compilation of 2016 so far.

Tracks list:

01. Zotobré - Lagen
02. Les Gypsies de Pétionville - Francine
03. Les Loups Noirs - Bebe Showman
04. Tabou Combo - Gislene
05. Coupé Cloue et Trio Select - La Vie Vieux Negre
06. Rodrigue Milien et Son Groupe Combite Creole - Rapadou
07. Les Loups Noirs - Pele Rien
08. Super Jazz de Jeunes - Erzulie Oh!
09. Nemours Jean Baptiste - Haiti Cumbia
10. Ensemble Webert Sicot - Prend Courage
11. Super Jazz de Jeunes - Lonin
12. Ensemble Etoile du Soir - Tripotage
13. Zotobre - Ochan
14. Chanel 10 - Lola
15. Super Choucoune 70 - Madeleine
16. Les Pachas du Canape Vert - Samba Pachas No. 2
17. Ibo Combo - Souffrance
18. Shupa Shupa - Epoque Chaleur
19. L´Orchestre Radio Nationale D´Haiti - Meci Bon Dieu

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