Thursday, October 03, 2013


Strut Records is in the process of putting together a new project due in 2014, which is an essential guide to Haitian music of the 1960s and '70s, compiled by Hugo Mendez of Sofrito. Hugo has previously included Haitian nuggets on Sofrito's International Soundclash and Tropical Discotheque collections - on Haiti Direct , he documents original Compas, Mini Jazz and Twoubadou styles on a definitive compilation for the first time. The package features detailed historical information on the selections, artist interviews and plenty of rare photos and album covers.

In a press release, Strut explain that Haiti Direct celebrates the overlooked musical legacy of Haiti, going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean. The exploratory package also includes in-depth liner notes and interviews with some of the musicians of the era, with part of the release’s profits donated to the Partners In Health charity.

For fans of Caribbean music, it's an absolute must. Here is the complete tracklisting

1. Ibo Combo – Ti Garçon
2. Les Vikings – Choc Vikings
3. Les Animateurs – Ti Machine
4. Les Loups Noirs – Pile Ou Face
5. Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole – 6ème Leçon
6. Zotobre Feat. Webert Sicot – Lagen
7. Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour – Panno Caye Nan Bwa D’chenn
8. Bossa Combo – Line
9. Les Pachas Du Canapé Vert – Désordre Musical
10. Ti Paris Et Sa Guitare – Cochon St. Antoine
11. Groupe Les Chleu-chleu – Compas X
12. Ra Ra De Léogane – Gade Moune Yo
13. Tabou Combo – Ce Pas
14. Les Difficiles De Pétion-ville – An Septième
15. Les Frères Dejean – Packard
16. Trio Select – Ensemble Select En Action

1. Raoul Guillaume – Mal Élevé
2. Super Jazz Des Jeunes – Cote Moune Yo
3. Pierre Blain Et Orchestre Murat Pierre – Jouc Li Jou
4. Ensemble Meridional Des Cayes – Calma Pèlerin
5. Ensemble Etoile Du Soir – Messe Quatre Heures
6. Nemours Jean-baptiste – Ti Carole
7. Orchestre Septentrional – Baptême Ratt
8. Les Ambassadeurs – Homenaje A Los Ambajadores
9. Caribbean Sextet – Suspan’n
10. Djet-x – Jive Turkey
11. Les Shleu Shleu – Crapaud
12. Scorpio Universel – Ti Lu Lu Pe
13. Orchestre Tropicana D’haiti – Pran Pasyans

Haiti Direct will be available on 2XCD, 2XLP and digital formats.

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