Carnival is the first major festival of the year in Haiti. Haitian bands write songs especially for the occasion and vie with each other for the title of best Carnival band. No matter how new on the music scene the band may be, they will claim they are the best, even though they haven't even gotten a record deal.
During the three days of Carnival the jostling crowds know all the words and dance moves to Carnival songs. And it doesn't matter if the band's music is less than acceptable, they'll dance to it as if it were Tabou Combo playing for them.