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Djakout Number One, New Music Video - Lod Nan Dezod

Here is the latest Music Video from the popular Haitian group Djakout Number One. It's called Lòd Nan Dezòd.

All I can say about this new song is that it was a professional video production and the group seems to be together after all these years.

However, I would like to address something that many of the Djakout fans are not addressing. Just like many others, I love the musical group and have been in love with them for years. However, I notice that although Djakout Number one is still popular among many Haitians, the band has not kept with the quality of its songs.

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Bandi Legal Sweet Micky

Michel Martelly, better known as "Sweet Micky", was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 12, 1962. He grew up in the Port-Au-Prince suburb of Carrefour with his brother and four sisters. Micky, Best known for/as: Compas music's most colorful superstar, credits veteran Compas bands, Skah Shah, Frere Dejean, Tabou Combo and Cesaria Evora, a singer from the Cape Verde Islands as being influential on his music.

Micky first began performing as a one man band in 1988 in the Casinoes in Haiti. He released his first hit "Ou La La" in 1988. Two years later Micky expanded the band to include a bass player and a percussionist and by the release of the album "I Don't Care" in 1994 Sweet Micky was a household name in Haitian communities at home and abroad.

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Kompa, A Haiti Music Genre and Dance

Kompa is a genre of music and a dance whose origin is from Haiti. It is usually written differently; compa or Konpa. The music has beats with tempo that is often rated as medium to fast. This kind of music genre is complex as it changes from time to time. It first came to be from a blending of European ballroom dancing and the Haiti culture.

This specific music genre arose in the early 20th century as a result of other genres like salsa and calypso among many others. The style referred to as Kompa direct was invented by a group of famous artists, however with its increasing fame it changed to the Zouk. Unfortunately the group split up and one of them improvised the above mentioned style once again. The two genres can be confused; however the Zouk has a slower tempo than the latter.

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Ralph Conde

Ralph Conde was born in 1969 in New York. He is a musician, a vocalist, a composer and recording studio owner. He discovered his passion for music at the age of 7 years when he got his first guitar. He perfected his passion and at the age of 16 he appeared on the music scene.

He performed with a group by the name Papash in the mid 80's. They had so many albums but their best selling albums were Gade Yo, Feeling Papash and Yon Ti Foli. In 1994 Papash changed into Vag with some of the former members. He composed many songs and used them in collaborations with many artists, both from Haiti and Caribbean. He has performed all over the world with the group Tabou Combo which he joined in 1996. He also joined Nu look in 2004.

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