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 Webert Sicot[edit]

During 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nemours Jean-Baptiste founder of Haitian konpa." http://heritagekonpa.com/archives/nemourJnBaptiste.htm. Accessed 9 February 2012
  2. ^ "Nemours Jean-Baptiste." http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=19714. Accessed 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Nemours, Jean-Baptiste and Sicot, Wéber." http://www2.oxfordaasc.com/article/opr/t0002/e2880. Accessed 9 February 2012.