Nemours Jean Baptiste

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Nemours Jean Baptiste (February 2, 1918 – May 18, 1985) was a Haitian saxophonist, writer, and band leader.[1] He is credited with being the inventor of compas also known as compas direct in French, or konpa dirèk in Creole or simply konpa; a style of Haitian music.[2]

Rivalry with Wéber Sicot[edit]

During Nemours Jean Baptiste's early career, he played in a band with fellow Haitian artist Webert Sicot called Conjunto International. Years after the band dissolved, Webert Sicot introduced a new dance rhythm that bore many similarities to Jean Baptiste's compas. During the period of argument and controversy that followed, the two took lyrical jabs at each other in their songs. The competition between the two culminated in a soccer match between the two artists and their respective bands, which ended in a 1-1 tie.[3]


  1. ^ "Nemours Jeans Bapiste founder of haitian konpa." Accessed 9 February 2012
  2. ^ "Nemours Jean Baptise." Accessed 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Nemours, Jean Baptiste and Sicot, Wéber." Accessed 9 February 2012.