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
From the many islands of the Caribbean with their huge variety of musical styles Haiti might be the one that has gotten the least international attention. While everybody knows of Reggae and most people have heard of Merengue almost nobody has heard of Twoubadou or Kompa.
Twoubadou comes from the word troubadour and is a more old-fashioned style which used to be played only with acoustic instruments. Typically Twoubadou is rather slow and sentimental but rhythmic at the same time.
Haiti Twoubadou – Je vais
T-Vice – Tu Me Touches
Mika Benjamin – Ou Pati
Alan Cave – Ma Rose
Twoubadou Kreyol – Petit-Goave
While the focus of the video isn’t so much on the musicans the music is especially interesting. The sound that the two guitarrist are creating is fascinating. The awkward guy in the back is playing some kind of bass Mbira.
This is the beginning of a series of posts where I want to present different styles of music from many, many countries. Almost every country has musical styles that are very different and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Influences from their traditions and folk music can be found in the modern music and make it unique and more interesting. The music I want to present is quite young, mostly less than 50 years old. Thus it is a fusion (in a good way) of traditional and modern styles and a mix of old and new instruments.
I would like to begin with the modern Tango of Argentina: the Neotango or Tango nueva. Sometimes even called Electro-Tango.
I think in general Neotango is easier to listen to than traditional Tango but still very beautiful.
It can be Tango with a modern sound but it can also be influenced by Techno, Dub or Reggae.
Carlos Libedinsky – Otra Luna
John Zorn – Besos de sangre
Bajofondo – Nocturno
Narcotango – Olivia
Narcotango – El Aire En Mis Manos
Federico Aubele – Esta Noche
Gotan Project – Mi Confesion
Narcotango – Plano secuncia