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World Music Promotions
Issue No. 2
March 2009
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New York, N.Y., April 5, 2009 - Compas On Broadway, announced 80 nominees for the 1st Haitian Music Awards during the month of February 2009.  This inaugural music awards gala will honor the pioneer and founder of 'Compas Direct', Mr. Nemours Jean-Baptiste and will also showcase and promote the works of artists from  the entire Haitian music spectrum. As the date approaches, there is no doubt that the renowned Lincoln Center will be aflutter with Haitian music legends.   
This red carpet event will feature the "who's who" of the Haitian music industry and will be kicked off with a series of events:
Compas on Broadway's Kick off Parties
Thursday, April 9th:
-Nu-Look and Kreyol La will play at Djumbala Night Club in Brooklyn, New York
 -Zekle and Carami will perform @DeRiver Night Club in Queens ,NY
Friday, April 10
-Kreyola @ SOB'S
Saturday, April 11th:
 -Nu-Look and T-Vice will entice music lovers at Club Amazura in Jamaica, Queens.  
Sunday, April 12th:
Compas On Broadway Awards Show at the Lincoln Center in New York beginning at 6 p.m.
The time has come to vote for your favorite artists.  You can now submit your vote either online by visiting our website at or by using our paper ballot system which is available at your local Haitian businesses throughout the Tri-State area.  For a list of selected locations, please call (718) 715-1888. 
Compas On Broadway is the premier Haitian Music Awards event and the first of its kind in New York.  Join us in celebrating the wealth of talented Haitian artists that will be honored for their contributions in spreading our music and culture throughout the world.  The nominees include individual bands such as the legendary Tabou Combo, Djakout Mizik, Nu-Look, Carimi, T-Vice, and not limited to individual artists as Emeline Michel, Misty Jean and Alan Cavé, just to name a few.
We welcome you to join us as we commemorate these significant contributions that will pr ovide a platform to showcase Haitian talent in New York City and to the rest of the world.  
For tickets and information, please call the Lincoln Center at (212) 721-6500 or The Haitian Academy for the Performing Arts at (718) 715-1888.

Members of the press please contact:
Rita Joseph
Inside info:

World Music Promotions's source confirmed a few big names are scheduled to attend:
Marc Baptiste (Celebrity photographer), DJ Whoo Kid Gunit, Mona Scott-Young (President of Monami Ent.), David Annakie (Jamrock), Diane King (News Anchor), Melky Jean (Singer), Andre Berto (World Champion Boxer) and more.

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Is Konpaton 
the next Reggaeton

By James Morantus
Publisher of Caribbean Entertainment Magazine

I received this link in my email a few days ago
"Rudy Ranks Haitiano Remix" . I sent it to a friend suggested that one of these days other countries will commercialize Konpa music with their own flavor and us Haitians will be screaming and kicking about them stealing our culture. The respond I received back base on this link was "The Reggaeton fever is becoming Konpaton".  I started laughing, but the reality is the Latin community has the local and the world music market promotion support to actually make it happen.

I wanted to write this article as a last measure to bring awareness to the potential impact that Konpa music can make and where it can go. As Haitian, we always say because of the language barrier our music will never be marketable to the world, if that was the case, then Latin and African music would not have their place in commercial radio either. These genres of music have two advantages over Konpa: world market promotion and local community support behind them.

We need to let the world know that Konpa is a genre from Haiti and it's the best music out there similarly to Latin, Soca, Reggae, Soukous, etc. It is necessary to promote Konpa  music to non-Haitians. This is a job for the record labels, producers, and true music promoters in the Haitian Music Industry (HMI). One fact that our existing labels and producers MUST understand is, if they do not pitch Konpa music as a profitable genre to the big machines (i.e BMG, EMI, Virgin, Atlantic), it will never reach its potential and have its own platform in the World Music circuit. Very few of us may remember that Konpa and Rasin music were once distributed by major US labels, but fell out of the grace of these giant labels. These few Haitian bands were not able to move Haitian music forward, because of the lack of album sales. I think we have a better chance now, but the current HMI label owners and producers will have to be up to the challenge, and want to see the music reach a higher plateau and be profitable for everyone involved. Putting some structure in place like establishing SoundScan sales and legitimizing concert ticket sales would be the first step.

Will we let another take our culture and capitalize on it, while our artists die poor? Will we simply cry "Vole, Vole"? Or except it because it's from a foreign source! I wonder is this what we're waiting for to change our industry. I hope we can find away to be in the front of the inevitability and not play catch up with something we created.

Brother Dreds' Production

   Thursday, April 9, 2009
Doors open@6:00PM

199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
 (Corner of Spring Street)
$10 Before &PM/$15 After

Live performance taping starts at 7:00PM

Ayiti Deploge
Top Line Up- Top Venue !!!

In collaboration with Compas on Broadway, HaitianBeatz.Com and Brother Dreds' Production present:  "Ayiti Deploge on Broadway", with a top shelf line-up...The Stars will be in town, and they will be received as stars at one of the premiere night club/lounge in the city.  The site of one of the episode of the well-known TV series " The Apprentice", Blvd is in a class by itself.   Blvd will open it's door for the first time in the city for the shooting of one of the most popular television show in Haiti " Ayiti Deploge " and a top notch line up:  Thursday April 9, 2009.

Arly Lariviere, Gazman Couleur, Mickael Guirand, Ti Joe, Beethova Obas, Misty Jean, Isnard Douby, Joel Widmaer, Pauline Jean, Nia, Martine Marseille and many more to be added..

Moses St-Louis
Phone: 516-499-4147

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Rocking the Superbowl


Chantele DiBrava at the Superbowl Super Tailgate Throwdown.

Haitians have a saying that goes "Haitians are everywhere."  This nation of revolutionary blood has infiltrated the fiber of the American dream, strongly yet quietly. We are seeing a surge of Haitian-American blood rising in various fields with peope like Patrick Gaspard, the Director of the Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration, Dr. Jeff Gardere (better known as America's psychologist and one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health), Jon Theodore (drummer) and Jozy Altidore, US Soccer

Who would have thought that a Haitian-American drummer, Emmanuel Nicholas Laine a.k.a. "Manny," would be playing at the Superbowl Super Tailgate for a the Pop/Rock/R&B/New Wave recording artist Chantele DiBravaManny is a fearless drummer. He plays a mean Rock... His style is so unique that it is almost impossible to distinguish his background. When asked he said  "I play all styles from Jazz, R&B, FunMannyk, Fusion, Acid Jazz, Gospel, Pop Rock, Rock N Roll, Classical, Reggae and Haitian rhythm."  And we are sure the list can go on. Manny attended Berklee College of Music and has a Master's degree in Professional Music. So the next obvious question was, which bands have you shared the stage with? We didn't know at the time it was going to be a loaded question. "I've had the chance to share the stage with Wyclef Jean, Common, Mos Def, Kenye West, Meshelle N Dechello, Belo, Stephanie McKay, Shae Fiol, Chantele Dibrava, New York Allstars, Brandford Marsalis, Rene Nuville, Antonio Hart, Theodross Avery, Mika Benjamin, Noble Society, Nina Sky, Heidi, Alan Cave, Johnny Mercier, Jowee Omicil, Diddy, Dwele, Russell Taylor and Midnite .

Manny is everywhere, but don't take our word for it, check it out go on and type: Shae Fiol @ Bam or Stephanie McKay @ Summer Stage or Chantele Dibrava @ the Super Bowl or just Emmanuel Laine and see for yourself.

Stephanie McKay @ Summer Stage
Shae Fiol @ Bam


by Cynthia Karaha
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