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  • Dener Ceide: The Radiant
    by Moses St. Louis

    "I'm in love with music, sounds cliché but so true, I am a guitar player, a music lover, I use melodies, meaningful harmonies, words and emotions to share my definition of love." This is how Dener Seide describes himself. HB had a chance to have a chat with the talented guitar player and take an...

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  • Katia Cadet: She's Boundless!
    by Moses St. Louis

    Nominated singer-songwriter Katia Cadet, earned her Grammy nod for co-writing the hit tune “911” performed by Wyclef Jean and Mary J. Blige. Subsequently called upon by A-list producer Salaam Remi to be a part of the writing team for the soundtrack of major motion picture Rush Hour 3, Katia...

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  • Nobody but Neefah!
    by Moses St. Louis

    Prior to launching her musical career Neefah got her start by auditioning for the Brooklyn High School of the Arts; a specialized arts school where she majored in vocal music. In addition she took Music Theory for she believes reading and writing music should be a very important factor in any...

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  • Interview with Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles
    by Moses St. Louis

    Jacqueline Charles, was born in Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos, as the only child to a Haitian mother. She was raised by her mother and Cuban-American stepfather.  She attended High School in Florida and went to the University of North Carolina where she earned a degree in...

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  • Professional Haitian Dancer- Jean Appollon: Defying the Odds
    by Moses St. Louis

      In addition to being the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn...

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  • Himane's Catherine Edouard Charlot: Fashion with a Purpose
    by Moses St. Louis

    On rainy days in New York City, it’s common to see broken umbrellas languishing in trash cans and littering the sidewalks — If you have a broken umbrella, do not throw it away, Catherine Edouard Charlot will make good use of it, she collects dead umbrellas and transforms them into handbags and...

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Clinton Benoit's Risky Approach With New Album

Talking about taking a new direction while taking a high risk, this is exactly what Clinton’s Benoit’s first album release “ Funky Konpa” does, it might strike a nerves to the konpa purist, but it can always enlighten

konpa lovers with an open mind.  The album with a total of nine original songs: Funky konpa, New York Subway, Nan chenn nan, I am in love with you, Di’m sa’w we, La fin du monde, stereotype, Try and No to drugs, use Rock n roll as its base but keeping the 2/4 compas signature structure.

Listeners tired of hearing Haitian dance music riddled with the same typical sound will be enchanted by Funky Konpa. It seems like Clinton Benoit and his band are fully committed to changing that “bouillon rechofe, mentality,  if they can execute this album live.  They have a series of infectious, good-spirited Compas funk/rock n roll jams that sound undeniably Compas but also, true to the title, quite funky.


Regrettably, the low point of the album is the title track, "I am in love with you", it’s more like a zouk tempo, with a desire to bring a new flavor, this song leaves much to be desired; I expected a much more power-packed all around album. To my disappointment, this track seems to drift away from the original intent of the album.


 


Fortunately, the track’s shortcoming does not reflect the rest of the CD.
Track seven, " Stereotype," pulls the listener in and refuses to let go. It showcases killer voice manipulation, gut-punching electric guitars and hyper, screechy lyrics.

"Funky Konpa" amused me more than all the other tracks. The lyrics tell the listener to just go wild and party your soul out if you are feeling the beat…just go crazy, which usually the mood you’ll want to be if you want to have a good night out.

This project by Clinton Benoit is a thrilling attempt to reinvigorate Haitian music without recourse to dance floor cliché. This beautifully detailed yet new flavor album is certain to be one of the buzz this summer if promoted properly.
 

Artists who participated on the project include: Acey Slade, Armstrong Jeune, Jean Max Valcourt, Ken Hertz, Sean Walden, Nick Carner, Makarios Cesaire, Gary DJ Perez, Shedly Abraham, Isnard Douby, Gerald Balan, Joe Dore, Delva Michel, Lemy Raymond, Jean Riche Damour, Perin Joseph, Neefah Fontus, Frantz Cariess, Jason Coby, Fritz Milfort, Medina Sanchez, Mye Eva, Ronald Villa and King Kino.

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