The unique Sway and Basic step of Haitian Kompa dance

by Harrison Thane

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About this project

HEY!!!! Have you ever wanted to learn something new? Out of the ordinary? Maybe even something of your or another culture but never knew where to start? Well we are here to help you. The Haitian community of Tallahassee, FL offers Konpa Dance classes. These fun, energetic, cultural, sensual and easy to learn classes will have you amazed at what you will learn and experience. We even perform for weddings, social gatherings and parties. There would be opportunities to travel and show the world what you are made of. We have the instructor with the moves and the grooves. What we need from you is help to rent an actual space or building for practices 3 times a week. Plenty people fund different things, BUT YOU CAN BE DIFFERENT! Try something new! Check out this awesome video now! Remember you can be the hottest person at a party but if you don’t have these dance moves that we offer you are losing!!!

Budget: $800 for first 2 months of rent(utilities included) and $200 for advertisement with business cards included. 

Nemours Jean-Baptiste presented his “Ensemble Aux Calebasses” in 1955 (named after the club “Aux Calebasses” located at Carrefour, a western neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; Haiti's capital where the band used to perform on weekends). Compas popularity took off likely due to the genre's ability to improvise and hold the rhythm section steady. Jean-Baptiste incorporated a lot of brass and easily recognized rhythms.Compas is sung in Creole,English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc. Nemours' popularity grew in and out of the country. Its clean horn section was remarkable and the band featured méringue tunes that gained instant popularity. For example, in Martinique, several music groups: Ensemble Abricot (bienvenue, festival compas), les djoubap's (Isabelle), combo jazz (electronique compas, pa gadem sou cote), Georges Plonquitte (vini dance compas direct), etc. have all within a year conquered the public with the many tunes or compositions of Nemours.Later Nemours became a favorite of Dominican president, Joaquín Balaguer who often contracted the band.This is why hits like "Ti Carole", "Chagrin d'amour" featured by known Dominican stars Luis Miguel and others are also sung in Spanish.

In the late 1950s Nemours and the Sicot Brothers from Haiti would frequently tour the Caribbean, especially Curaceo, Aruba, Saint Lucia, Dominica and mostly the French Islands of Martinique & Guadeloupe to spread the seed of the méringue-cadence or compas.Webert Sicot, the originator of cadence recorded three LPs albums with French Antilles producers: two with "Celini disques" in Guadeloupe and one with "Balthazar" in Martinique. Haitian compas or cadence bands were asked to integrate Antillean musicians. Consequently, the leading "Les Guais troubadours", with influential singer "Louis Lahens" along other bands, played a very important role in the schooling of Antilleans to the méringue compas or kadans music style. Almost all existing Haitian compas bands have toured these Islands that have since adopted the music and the dance of the méringue.

The dance-style that accompanied konpa dirèk in the 1950s, was a two step dance called kare (square).As a méringue, a ballroom dance, compas is danced in pair. Sometimes partners dance holding each other tightly and romantically; in this case often most of the moves are made at the hips.

During and after the US occupation, the word jazz has become synonymous with music bands in Haiti. So the mini-jazz is a reduced méringue-compas band. The movement started in the mid-1960s when young small neighborhood bands played konpa featuring paired electric guitars, electric bass, drum set-conga-cowbell; some use an alto sax or a full horn section, others use a keyboard, accordion.This trend, launched by Shleu Shleu after 1965, came to include a number of groups from Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods, especially the suburb of Pétionville. Tabou Combo, Les Difficiles, Les Loups Noirs, Les Frères DéJean, Les Fantaisistes de Carrefour, Bossa Combo and Les Ambassadeurs (among others) formed the core of this middle-class popular music movement.

From 1968 to the 1970s prominent bands like Bossa Combo, Les Shleu Shleu, Les Ambassadeurs, Les Vickings, Les Fantaisistes, Les Loups Noirs, Les Freres Dejean, Les Difficiles, Les Gypsies and mostly the majestic Tabou Combo have exerted a dominance on the Caribbean and many places in Europe and South America musical scene. For example, Tabou Combo has remained on the Paris hit parade for weeks with its "New York City" hit. Tabou did filled New York Central park in the same period.These young musicians were critical in the creation of new technics that contribute to the fanciness of the style

Risks & Challenges

Some of the risks associated with this project is not having a secure indoor place to have dance lessons and practices. We mostly practice outdoor whether if it's cold, hot, humid, or even if it rains. We are students that is trying to spread culture around the community and have no money to rent a space to provide Konpa classes and to have practice.


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