Elektra

Elektra

 New York City, New York, USA
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Elektra's music with Phantoms can be described as a well balanced mix of high-energy cuts from traditional Konpa by adding Pop/Rock guitar drum"n"bass rhythmic tunes, and provocative lyric concoctions. Best known for her stage performances. *Konpa =Haitian popular dance Music.

Biography

Elektra (Cassandre Joseph) is a multi-talented female artist who hails from the island of Haiti. Her extra-ordinary journey started 12 years ago, with the legendary Haitian band, Phantoms. (Phantoms can be described as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones of Haiti, with performances that stretch out as far as Madison Square Garden and performing for President Mandela along with the Michael Jackson brothers in South Africa). She has traveled the world from Canada, to Japan, and she has five hit albums under her belt with Phantoms. Elektra has collaborated with Wyclef Jean on numerous occasions, and has performed on the same stage with Lil’ Kim, Mystical, Kassav, Michael Montano, Youssou N’dour, and many others. Elektra (Cassandre Joseph) was awarded Female Artist of The Year 2003 at the Haitian Music Awards (HMA) among other awards that she received such as Diva of The Year 2008, and the Achievement Award 2010 at the ‘5 Continents Academy Awards’. Elektra (Cassandre Joseph) is currently working on her solo album due to be released in the year 2011.

In undertaking the task of proving that "Creole Music" is as global as any other music, Phantoms have become Haiti's "New Generation Konpa" musical icon. Founded in 1990, Phantoms have, through the years, only given their constant best at all time, and, without a doubt, carried their entire generation along with them for the ride. Their music can be described as a well-balanced mix of high-energy cuts from traditional Konpa by adding Pop/Rock guitar, drum 'n' bass rhythmic tunes and provocative lyric concoctions. Thus, they pioneered Konpa/Rock in their own unusual musical style while soulfully meshing English, French and Creole words.

Phantoms' female lead vocalist Elektra, is a true legend in her own right with an undulating vocal cord, commanding tone, impressionable verbiage and a captivating air. Her undeniable distinctive voice has been replicated among the younger generation Konpa vocalists, yet she remains unequaled.

Phantoms, on its first album, "Ouvè Bariè Ya", experimented with a new form of sounds that not only was unique, but also spanned to various genres, from rock to soul. This debut album was a hit overnight with "Pression Lanmou" and "14 Fevrier". It won them the 1992 "Best New Group" at the Caribbean Music Awards held at the Apollo Theater.

In 1995, the double album, "Rezireksyon/Resurrection," was a first in the Haitian music market. With twenty-three songs filled with inspirational messages and lyrics, it cemented the band's reputation as advocates of democracy. This album definitely made their legacy where more urban styles like Reggae, Rap, Gospel and even a hint of Opera were introduced. This compilation was a clear indication of their outstanding versatility. The New York time stated that the song "Rekonsilyasyon" was "An informal anthem for their country" (Haiti). Not afraid to be controversial or stand out for human right is one of this band's mottos. Most of their songs have enough verbal ammunition to ignite the mind while infiltrating the body with hyper kinetic beat, leaving their audience breathless.

During the "Rekonsilyasyon" promotional tour in Haiti, the band performed for an audience of over 60,000. In addition, to constant touring to various country like France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Senegal, Japan, Martinique and Guadeloupe, they also appeared on the same stage with the likes of Little Kim, Mighty Sparrow, Luther Vandross and Jermaine Jackson. They made their mark for their unparalleled live performances in such places as Madison Square Garden, The Roseland Ballroom, The Apollo Theater, Essence Magazine Music Festival and Summer Stage Central Park to name a few.

Phantoms is always a step ahead and have the capability of reinventing themselves. "Fwet Kach", their 2003 release, is proof positive. It revealed a sense of more mature sound and smoother blend of Konpa with an R & B touch. The band members have been hailed as an incredibly gifted group that is very involved in the writing, recording, and producing of all their albums. Their dedication has earned them a rightful place among the best Haitian bands.

These trendsetters understand the rules of putting grandiose stage presentation, outstanding live tunes, creating off the hook production and giving a hundred percent high energy animation. Theses musicians have real talent to give a surreal performance.

Don’t be fooled by the name “Phantoms” because you will never see a Haitian band, with so much heart and soul on stage, that is determined to win over the most dubious audience.

SELECT VENUES /APPEARANCES
The Central Park Summer Stage (NY)
The Manhattan Center (NY)
SOB's (NY)
The Waldorf Astoria (NY)
Dominica World Creole Music Festival
News Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Barbados Caribbean Music Award
Strand Theatre (MA)
Jazz Festival (St-Lucie)
Caribbean Music Festival (Bahamas)
LOUIS VUITTON Tour (Japan)
Esse

Discography

Ouvè Bariè Ya (1990)
Pa Bouge (1992)
D.C. Sou Kompa Live Vol
Rezireksyon/Resurrection (1995),
Best of Phatoms I and Best of Phatoms II,
Fly (1997)
My Way - King Kino (solo album) (1999),
Phanttoms featuring:
Jose "Nick"Milord (1999),
10 Ans Deja (2000)
Fwet Kach (2003)
Danger/Danje- Single (2006)
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