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|Birth name||Georges Alan Cavé|
|Also known as||A.C.|
February 27, 1966|
New York City, USA
|Genres||Compas, Troubadour, Méringue|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, producer, entrepreneur|
|Labels||AC Records, Entertainment & Distribution|
|Associated acts||Zin (from 1989-2003)|
Georges Alan Cavé (born in New York City on February 27, 1966, an American of Haitian descent) is the lead singer of the kompa band Zin. His mother was writer Yanick Jean; his father was poet, writer, and art director Syto Cavé. Cavé spent most of his adolescent years in Haiti, often accompanying his famous father on his tours of the Caribbean (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Ste Lucia), France, the United States and Canada.
Surrounded by people who loved the arts, and born to writers, it was natural for Cavé to follow in their footsteps. During his adolescence, Alan frequently played guitar, belting out soulful and heartfelt words and melodies that, to many audiences, seemed beyond his age. Cavé's performance debut happened when an actor in a play fell ill and he was asked to sing the song "La Personne". The enthusiastic audience reception crystallized for Cavé the desire to have a musical career, and Alan Cavé became a household name in Haiti.
In 1987, he met with Alex Abellard and Eddy Saint-Vil to audition, and Cavé was quickly signed for the group Zin. The group released their first album, "O Pa", in 1989. More than two decades later, Zin's guitarist-songwriter Eddy St. Vil, keyboardist and leader Alex Abellard, and its 11 band members remain popular, with sweet ballads and traditional Haitian kompa grooves mixed with the sound of reggae, rhythm and blues, and zouk. Cavé's voice, sometimes characterized as "seductive," considerably aided the success of the band.
Cavé is a prolific songwriter, with a catalogue of songs and unreleased recordings in English, French, and Haitian Creole. When once asked what inspires him, he answered simply: “Life and people”. He said he would prefer to be remembered as writer and composer, as it takes not just talent, but passion, aspiration, discipline and hard work to write songs and release an album. He is a sought-after performer in the French-Caribbean community.
Cavé has performed and collaborated with other well-known performers in zouk, kompa, French and Caribbean music such as Malavoi, Mario DeVolcy, Tanya Saint-Val, Haddy N'jie, Roy Shirley, and Les ténors du Zouk. In 2001 he launched his first solo album, Se Pa Pou Dat, which was an enormous success. This album seems to transcend barriers of language and cultural sound, with its melodies popular in Japan, Africa and South America, even though listeners may not understand the words. He continuous to have a solo career and has released five solo kompa albums.
- Lagé'm (1993)
- Best of (2000)
- Se Pa Pou Dat (2001)
- Collabo (2004)
- De La Tête Aux Pieds (2007)
- Timeless Volume 1 (2014)
- Timeless Volume 2 (2014)
- Chokola 2005
- Jwenn 2007
- De la tete au Pied 2007
- Mon seul regret 2012
- Men kann Lan 2012
- Grave sou kê'm 2012
- Lil mama 2014
- Twerk that 2014
- Fanm sa 2014
- Nom : CAVE Prénom : Georges Alan. antillescompas.com
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