Kayimit Konpa
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Kayimit Konpa

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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From Canada, we welcome a new kid on the block. Indeed, the group Kayimit Konpa – quite an evocative name- recently released an album entitled “Drapo”. I suppose its music could be classified as “New Generation” music. In any case, it sounds good.

Two notable musicians caught my attention on the CD: drummer Shedley Abraham and bass player Joe Fortuné. They are usually associated with quality music, and true to form, they deliver. Those who are familiar with the Chronique know how much I like to listen to Shedley Abraham on the drums. As usual, he does a wonderful job keeping the beat steady, along with longtime bassist Joe Fortune, a veteran who has played with practically most of the big konpa bands.

Kayimit plays a nice, relaxing konpa, as exemplified by tune No. 4, An nou vanse, a nice konpa ballad that entices you to get up and dance. The title track , Drapo, merits special mention. As the title indicates, this is an ode to the Haitian flag. The lyrics are very telling and encourages Haitians to get together to respect the flag and to make every effort to protect it, since that is the only way foreigners will respect. The message is loud and unequivocal. Tune No. 8, Your Love, is one of my favorite on the CD. An adaptation of the American ballad, Your Love, Kayimit does a nice job. The rhythm section with Shedley Abraham and Joe Fortune really enhance the song by their play. The keyboard has some very nice lines and without being flashy, provides a nice feel to the music. This is the kind of konpa you can dance all night and never get tired.

If you are looking for some relaxing konpa, I definitely would recommend this CD. The mixing made at Shedley’s Djazz la Studio, is generally good, except that the voice of the lead singer could have been raised a bit. Otherwise, all instruments come out loud and clear. This is another CD to add to your collection. If Kayimit can keep up the good work, I think we should hear much more from it in the near future.
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Serge Bellegarde for Windows on Haiti, January 2010
- Serge Bellegarde


Discography

First Album : DRAPO released in 2009 - 10 tracks of smooth, cristal clear notes, where the guitar takes you to the heart of konpa.

Already on CDBABY and other online sales links. We are promoting our album on radios al over the world and on the web.

Premier album; "DRAPO", sortie en fin novembre 2009 vous présente 10 titres de notes claires, où la guitare vous emmène au cœur du konpa.

Déjà sur CDBABY et d'autres site de ventes en ligne. Nous faisons la promotion de notre album sur les radios a travers le monde et sur le web.

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Our intent is to make Haitian Konpa international! As the world opened up to world Beat Music since the last 25 years progressively, The Haitian music- Konpa, stayed in the backyard...Everyone like it..dance it...even copy it! It 's time now to get out of our comfort zone and bring our music to a larger public! giving wings to The Music that has inspired the Best musicians since the 50s...Kayimit Konpa is the new groove of haitian music, with... a mission! We dedicate a portion of our earnings to reforestation in Haiti while entertaining the public with real great konpa! Experienced musicians with a new fresh vibe and wonderful interaction with the crowd! We will bring the heat of islands to you ! In french English and Creyol...Tropical music at its best!
Our new album is now in store and on most online music sales sites.

Notre intention est de vraiment rendre le "Konpa" international! Alors que le Monde s'est ouvert à la musique de partout ailleurs depuis les 25 dernières années, sauf quelques rares, le Konpa est resté dans la cour des petits! Il est temps maintenant de sortir de notre zone de confort et d'offrir notre musique à un public plus large! Donner des ailes à la musique qui a inspiré les meilleurs musiciens depuis les années 50 ... Kayimit est le nouveau groove de la musique haïtienne, et se donne en plus une mission sociale! Nous consacrons 10% de nos revenus au reboisement en Haïti tout en divertissant le public! Des Musiciens expérimentés vibrent d'une nouvelle fraîcheur et partagent une merveilleuse interaction avec la foule! Nous vous apporterons la chaleur des îles! En français, anglais et Créole ... C'est la Musique Tropicale à son Meilleur!
Notre nouvel album est maintenant en magasin et sur la plupart des sites de ventes en ligne.