12th Annual Haitian Compas Festival Miami

The 12th Annual Haitian Compas Festival will take place on May 15, 2010, from 4:00pm to 12:00am in Miami’s Bicentennial Park. Tickets will be $35.00 ($5.00 will go to Yélé Haiti).  The Festival will feature live performances by musicians and groups such as Wyclef Jean, Barikad Crew, Carimi, Cubano, Disip, Djakout, Harmonik, Kreyol La,  Princess Lover, Robert Charlot, Original H, T-Vice, Tempo, Zekle, and Zenglen.

Compas (also written konpa, kompa or compa) is a Haitian rhythm. It was created in the fifties by the saxophonist, writer, and band leader, Nemours Jean Baptiste, who called the rhythm compas direk. It is the result of a fusion between fundamental Haitian rhythms and the merengue of the Dominican Republic. The definition of compas music has broadened over the years, but it can be described as “a music in which Haiti’s African and European roots converge in a polyrhythmic whole.”

For more detailed  information, see http://compasfestival.net/News/76583693534560256/article_78824636468559883.jsp

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