World of Music: Haiti: Compas

Compas music (also called Kompa or Konpa) originates from Haiti. Compared to the Twoubadou style Compas is much younger which is immediately obvious by the instruments that are present. Electronic guitar and bass, drumset and a certain keyboard sound (that sounds a bit old fashioned nowadays). Compas has a very distinct, very rhythmic sound which is very hard to describe.

Beethova Obas – Lina

A slow(er) Compas. Reminds me a bit of Evora and the Cape Verde music.

Mandela – Larose

Skah-shah – Lague’ Djazz la

Slow and groovy.

Tabou Combo – New York City

Djakout – Nou Renouvle Pouvwa

Very fast, almost like Soca.

Gazzman Disip – Ekilib