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KARLEX: AMBASSADOR OF AFRO GROOVE

The roots of black music stretches across the ocean from Africa and America to the Caribbean islands and Europe. This journey of a people and their culture - a journey of joy and struggle - is mirrored in the personal story of Karlex. Singer and songwriter Karlex blends the scratch ‘n’ riff guitar sounds of classic funk and soul with the fat-bottom bass of dub and roots reggae to create a frothy musical blend called Afro Groove.

Born in the city of Cap Haitian, Karlex’ childhood on the island of Haiti was simple and carefree. Despite the tumult of life under a dictatorship, he concentrated on having fun; which meant being immersed in music. Two of his uncles were musicians in bands. His mother was the musical director of the local church choir, which is no doubt where he got his soulful singing style. After getting his first guitar as a child, he began writing songs at a rapid clip. “Very often I say, I did not write my songs but they found me,” Karlex explains in typical humble fashion.

Summer visits to New York, where he and his friends made tapes of radio station WBLS, lead to a fascination with America and its musical diversity. He moved to the international city in his late teens and soon was playing in pop, rock and world music bands.

Karlex soon returned to Haiti to help with the family business.

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