Tabou Combo

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Tabou Combo
Tabou Combo at the 2014 Festival International Nuits d'Afrique in Montréal
Tabou Combo at the 2014 Festival International Nuits d'Afrique in Montréal
Background information
OriginPétion-Ville, Haiti
GenresCompas
Years active1968–present
Websitetaboucombo.com

Tabou Combo is a Haitian compas band that was founded in 1968 in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.[1] The orchestra has performed throughout the world (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and especially in the Caribbean). Tabou Combo was the first Haitian band to perform in Japan, Ivory Coast, Senegal among others, and were named the "Official Panamanian Band" in Panama due to their popularity, while also becoming the first Caribbean band to have a number one single in the French Hit Parade. They dynamically sung their songs in both English, French, Spanish and in Haitian Creole. Tabou Combo refer to themselves as the "ambassadors of konpa."[2]

History[edit]

In 1968, band founders Albert Jr. Chancy and Herman Nau, performed their first concert. At first they named themselves, Los Incognitos because they were virtually unknown, but soon changed it in to "Tabou Combo" the following year to better fit Haitian culture. That year, the band won "Best Musical Group of the Year" in a televised talent contest, gaining a national reputation in Haiti and the sight of a promising international career.[1][2]

Musical style[edit]

Tabou Combo's musical repertoire, is a mixture of vodou ceremonial rara drums, Haiti's French colonial kontradans and quadrilles, African soukous and funk from the American soul era, while commanding a dominant presence of compas.[2]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Herman Nau – co-founder, drums, vocals, composer, artistic director (1968–2021) (died 25 July 2021) [3]
  • Yves Joseph "Fanfan" – percussion, vocals (1968–)
  • Roger Marie Eugene "Shoubou" – lead vocals (1968–)
  • Jean-Claude Jean – rhythm guitar (1968–)
  • Yvon "Kapi" André – percussion, vocals (1968–)
  • Fritz Coulanges – violin (1968–)
  • Elysee Pyronneau – lead guitar, keyboards (1976–)
  • John Campagna – alto saxophone (1978–)
  • Andrew Washington – trombone (1980–)
  • Reynald "Rey" Valme – congas (1987–)
  • Yves Abel – bass (1988–)
  • Ken Watters – trumpet (1989–)
  • Ralph Conde – guitar solo (1995–)
  • Andre Atkins – trombone (1996–)
  • Robenson Jean-Baptiste – drums (2006–)
  • Dener Ceide – lead guitar
  • Curtis Eby – trumpet
  • Darren Barrett – trumpet
  • Yacine Boulares;- saxophone (2013-)

Former members

  • Albert Chancy Jr. – co-founder, band leader, lead guitar (1968–69)
  • Adolphe Chancy – bass (1968–88), band leader (1976–88)
  • Paul Gonel – accordion (1968)
  • Serge Guerrier – lead vocals (1968–72)
  • André "Dadou" Pasquet – lead guitar (1970–76)
  • Guerry Legagneur – accordion (1971–75)
  • Yvon Cine – bass, vocals (1972–76)
  • Pierre André Cine – guitar, percussion (1973–76)
  • James Kelly – tenor saxophone (1978–81)
  • Glenn Ferris – trombone (1978–80)
  • Paul F. Henegan – saxophone (1981–87)
  • Charlie Miller – trumpet (1981–83)
  • Joe Mosello – trumpet (1983–87)
  • Ernst Marcelin – keyboards (1987–92)
  • Ned Gold – tenor saxophone (1987–95)
  • Pete Macnamara – trumpet (1988–95)
  • Jaime Ramos - trombone (1988-90)
  • Gary Resil – rhythm guitar (1988–95)
  • Daniel "Danny" Pierre – keyboards / vocals (1994–2002)

Max “Soso” Paris (Former TEMPO band member) Keyboard 2017- to present

  • Luis Disla-Tenor Sax (2008-2013)

Discography[edit]

Source:[5][6]

Singles[edit]

  • New York City / Education (1974)
  • New York City (Part One / Part Two) (1975)
  • Inflacion / Loneliness (1975)
  • Lets Do The Groove (1977)
  • Let Me Play That Funky Music (1978)
  • Antillian Woman - The Big Single (1979)
  • Ooh La La (Disco version) (1979)
  • You, You, You (1980)
  • Baisser Bas (1983)
  • New York City / Et Alors (1984)
  • New York City (1992)
  • New York City / Pace Dominé (1992)
  • Why Not? (1997)

Source:[5][6]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tabou Combo: Biography". Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Tabou Combo". One Caribbean Music Festival. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Le batteur et co-fondateur du groupe Haitien Tabou Combo, Herman Nau, est décédé".
  4. ^ Dumas, Pierre-Raymond, ed. (5 December 2012). "Tabou Combo des années 70". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 24 June 2017. (in French)
  5. ^ a b konpa.info - Tabou Combo
  6. ^ a b Discogs - Tabou Combo
  7. ^ Lemancel, Anne Laure, ed. (10 April 2009). "Le compas, le pouls d'Haïti". RFI Musique. Retrieved 23 June 2017. (in French)
  8. ^ Press, ed. (1990). "La Revue du cinéma, Issues 462-466". Ligue française de l'enseignement et de l'éducation permanente. p. 70. Retrieved 23 June 2017. (in French)
  9. ^ "Serpent And The Rainbow, The (1988) - Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Five Heartbeats, The (1991) - Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Mystery Date (1991) - Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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