Shleu Shleu Saxophonist Tony Moise, a Death too Soon
Tony Moise, a Haitian musical giant, succumbed to his death due to heart problems on August 30, 2013. In the mid-sixties, Haiti was ready for a new direction in music as the youth coming up were searching for a fresh way to express themselves. They were grounded in the music beats of the day: compas direct, cadence rampa, ballad, traditional, ambatonel, raboday, and Ibo, among many. The results of their experimentation created Manfoubins, which Moise was an early member of.
He began as a guitarist but eventually turned to the saxophone, which he mastered quickly, perfecting the laid-back and sensual style he became noted for. It took five years for the members of Manfoubins to win over the hearts of music lovers with the new genre, mini-jazz. In a later incarnation the band played under the name of Shleu-Shleu, today known as Ska-Shah.
While band members in Manfoubins came and went, Moise remained an admired and respected musician, who had become the face of the new music, mini-jazz. Mini-jazz groups were so-called because they were composed of far fewer musicians than old-school groups, a minimum of 15 members.