Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz, & Electric Folklore from Haiti

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Indeterminacy
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Indeterminacy I can't tell this record apart from my memories of great music heard on shortwave from South America and the Caribbean back in the early 80s. Thoroughly astonished and delighted by this outstanding collection. Favorite track: Lola.
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Paul Murphy When I saw my good friend DJ Kwak recommendation for this collection that was good enough for me. He's spot on too, it's great. Funky Jazz Groovesville! Favorite track: Lagen.
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Kwak( Strictly Niceness ) Raised on haitian music, I get to rediscover some of my father's classics. Favorite track: Haiti Cumbia.
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"A treasure trove of discovery and innovation" - SLUG Mag

"What a superb compilation this is. This might be the most surprising compilation of 2016 yet." - Songlines Magazine

"Five stars, a must have, a total treasure." - KCRW

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Selected from an array of private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn, New York, and multiple digging trips in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Gonaives, and St. Marc, Haiti, are twenty tracks that encompass the vast diversity of styles during the seminal years of musical innovation and percussive potency in Haiti. From the legendary, elegant big band dance parties in iconic nightclubs of Port-au-Prince to the rhythms of the countryside; from accordion-driven meringue and Vodou-derived drum patterns, to hypnotic tenor sax arrangements and psychedelic interpretations of folklore, the music of 1960's, '70's, & '80's Haiti enjoys a royal repute across the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Colombian coast.

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released July 8, 2016

PRODUCTION, RESEARCH, & LINER NOTES: Vik Sohonie / New York, NY / Bangkok, TH
MASTERING ENGINEER: Michael Graves / Atlanta, GA
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Pete 'Piwi' White / Bethesda, UK
PHOTO RESTORATION: Artisan Photo Restoration/ New York, NY
LINER NOTE COVER DESIGN: Kathi Remest / Berlin, GE
LEGAL: Savur Threadgold LLP Law / New York, NY

SPECIAL THANKS to Samuel Merizema, my friend and guide in Haiti, whose resourcefulness and hard work made this compilation possible.

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