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L'orchestre Tropicana D'Haiti

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Of the legendary big bands of Haiti, L’Orchestre Tropicana d’Haïti remains the only one still performing. They recently performed twice in New York City. The performances were significant because this year marks their 40th anniversary as a group. The band expects to return to Haiti following the New York concerts to work on their current projects.

The trumpet section includes Smith Vixamar, Lovely Joanis and Louis Jean Julien

L’Orchestre Tropicana d’Haïti will launch a world-wide tour this summer to coincide with their 40th Anniversary. The tour will take them to Europe, North America and the Caribbean, with goals of reaching their fans. The success of groups such as Buena Vista, Orchestra Baobab, Bembeya Jazz and the Super Rail Band are examples of the growing appreciation of large ensembles playing music of bygone eras that are being appreciated by younger generations. L’Orchestre Tropicana d’Haïti is another of these classic ensembles that has been overlooked outside of its homeland.

The orchestra is currently finalizing their new studio recording which will present something new for fans while staying rooted in the orchestra’s tradition. The songs will be re-workings of the band’s classics from their massive archives, and will include an all-star line up of the legends of Haitian chanson. The invitees will read like a who’s-who of Haitian singers, many of whom gained their initial inspiration from classic orchestras such as Tropicana.

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