Frantz Casseus

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Frantz Casséus (1915–1993) was a Haitian-American guitarist and composer.

Although born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he spent most of his adult life in the United States. His music maintained a focus on Haitian folk forms, which he incorporated into his recordings and his published compositions. Casséus was a frequent collaborator with Harry Belafonte who recorded his song "Merci Bon Dieu".[1] Between 1953 and 1969, Casseus recorded three albums for Smithsonian Folkways.

Casseus was also an early guitar teacher to the musician Marc Ribot, who has played a significant role in preserving Casséus' musical legacy.[2] As part of these efforts, Ribot edited a collection of Casséus' solo guitar compositions,[3] and performed those same pieces on a CD issued in 1993.[4]


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  2. ^ Ribot, Marc. "Frantz Casseus", BOMB Magazine, Winter, 2003.
  3. ^ Ribot, Marc (2003). The Complete Works of Frantz Casséus, Tuscany Publications.
  4. ^ Ribot, Marc (1993). Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus [CD]. Brussels: Les Disques du Crepuscule.


  • Haitian Folks Songs Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (1953); duets with singer Lolita Cuevas
  • Haitian Dances Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (1954); solo guitar
  • Haitiana Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (Afro-Carib) (1969); duets with singer Barbara Perlow
  • Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus, Les Disques du Crépuscule (1993); solo guitar pieces performed by Marc Ribot

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