Haitian rock

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Haitian rock or rock kreyòl, started as rock n roll in Haiti in the early 1960s, that were played by rock bands called yeye bands. The name yeye derives from the Beatles lyrical verse, yeah, yeah, yeah, which took the United States by storm as the upper class Haitian families who had access to the radio, formed these small electric guitar based bands. These yeye rock bands became short-lived when they added Compas to their repertoire in which the resultant sound was called mini-jazz, or mini-djaz in creole.[1]

Today, Rock Kreyòl is an alternative rock music with a blend of Caribbean flavor that was first introduced to Haiti by Yohann Doré. Although there has been influences of rock music in the modern Haitian genre mizik rasin, which fuses Vodou elements with traditional rock n roll, rock kreyòl maintains the rock form with subtle native elements from Haiti.[2]

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  1. ^ Manuel, Peter with Kenneth Bilby, Michael Largey (2006). Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae. p. 161. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "http://kreyolicious.com/haitis-rocker-yohann-dore-the-interview/5323/". Retrieved 8 March 2014.