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Nemours Jean-Baptiste

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Nemours Jean Baptiste and the Compas Pioneers.


Nemour Jean Baptiste is credited with creating Compas (konpa) Direk, a style of Haitian music. The BBC has described him as Haiti’s most influential band leader.

Compas Direct, the most popular of Haitian music- was indeed created by Nemours Jean Baptiste (born in February 1918), a virtuoso saxophonic. From an historical and logical perspective, Nemours alone did not create Compas Direk. He had the enlisted help of some of the greatest Haitian musicians, which included virtuous saxophonic Weber Sicot (born in 1930), Julien Paul, and the Durosseau brothers who founded the first Compas band, Conjunto International on July 26, 1955.


Compas Direk’s first band also featured prominent musicians such as Monfort Jean-Baptiste, Anilus Cadet, Mozard Duroseau, Colber Krutzer Duroseau, and Richard Duroseau who came later on.

The early history of Haitian music began with the formation of big band orchestra and folklore musicians and/or groups which included Septentrional ( celebrating 60 years of existence), Jazz Des Jeunes, the Guinard brothers, Atomic, Tana, Titato, Maison Ante, Zobola, Diabolo, SAE orchestra, Les Etoiles, Ti Paris, Nirvana, Altchery Dorival, Gary French, Marcele Augustin, Richard Durossau Lumane Casimir, Yvon Luissain, and Meridionale des Cayes to enumerate just a few.

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