Greeting to all! Carnival is over and Kompa (love) is in the AIR!!!
Abeng Arts and Dance Kompa will host a Kompa Master Class March 17, 2012 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. Here is our Facebook invite.
Kompa was the dominant musical style in the Francophone Caribbean before being dethroned by Zouk in the 1980s. “We all caught this Haitian fever: for 20 years that’s all we listened to”, says Jacob Desvarieux, the long-time bandleader of Kassav’. The dominance of Kompa was one of the reasons Desvarieux founded his Martinican group in 1979, inventing Zouk, another up-tempo Caribbean musical mix. Kompa was derived from the ‘Meringue’ style (not to be confused with the ‘Merengue’ of neighbouring Dominican Republic). With roots in French Contra dance, Kompa emerged in Haiti in the 18th century as a syncopated tropical dance music par excellence, becoming the definitive national urban music as well as the lifeblood of the Haitian Diaspora.
To get your Kompa on before the workshop, make sure you head to downtown Hollywood for T-VICE AND KREYOL LA – MARCH 10 TH, 2012. Also make sure you mark your calendars for the weekend of May 19th when the 14th Annual Kompa Festival will be held downtown Miami featuring all the Kompa greats of today. An event not to be missed.
Blessings till next time!