As you’ve probably gathered by now, we love being Haitian. Knowing our history? Check. Speaking creole? Check. Eating (and even kind of cooking) Haitian cuisine? Double check. Staying up to date with the konpa/kompa/compas world? Not so much.
Yesterday Maika and I were discussing how we wanted to listen to more popular Haitian music when we serendipitously saw online that T-Vice’s new album Resan was coming out that very day and that they invited all media to attend their album listening party. Seeing it as a sign from the musical gods, we decided to attend.
Our first ever listening party, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect but after a slow start, the press conference began and lead singer Roberto Martino discussed the inspiration behind Resan and then the journalists had a chance to ask questions.
When it was our turn, Maika had Roberto, Eddy Viau, and Guy Francois all give their takes on how T-Vice uses their music to reach out to first-generation Americans like us who may not be as familiar with Haitian culture and ways to encourage young Haitians abroad to get excited about their homeland and even, I daresay, visit. Check out their exchange below:
My personal favorites were “Ma Cherie Je T’aime” (my all-time favorite T-Vice song “Toi et Moi” was actually written by the same member Olivier Duret), the title track “Resan”, and “Lage Bonm Nan” from kanaval.
Oh, and don’t fret if you missed T-Vice this past Thursday. The band will be busy all weekend long promoting their newest sounds and you’ll have a few more opportunities to see them perform live:
Friday May 17: Doubletree Airport Hotel
Saturday, May 18: Turks & Caicos (and if you don’t see yourself going all the way over to another country but still need a dose of compas, head over to the Fifteenth Annual Haitian Compas Festival at Bayfront Park)
Sunday, May 19: FIU North Campus AND Revolution Live FLL
Monday, May 20: Café Iguana Pines
Check out the T-Vice Facebook page for more details.
Who are your favorite Haitian music artists? Any favorite songs?