November 7, 2018
Don’t Miss “Tout Moun Jwen” Kompa Original Radio’s Hottest Thursday Show! (Watch Now)
I came across Chantal and found her intriguing and just had to dig deeper to find out who exactly is this woman behind the microphone. Chantal Laventure aka Chantoutou is no stranger to entertainment and also the French Caribbean Community. Chantou has been doing radio as early as her “High School” days on Radio Tropical with Arios Dennis whom first discovered her voice. Arios Dennis brought her aboard his teenage talk show bringing awareness to the community. Chantou was part of a teenage panel responsible for bringing awareness to teenage issues within the community. The informative talk show was successful and came to an end when everyone upon the panel became young adults enrolled in college.
Chantal’s next challenge was television, she started her own musical talk show “Live Wire” featuring interviews with artist and upcoming artist of the Caribbean. “What was Live Wire like? Chantou answered “Well you never knew what I was going to do next. I could be at a festival or I could be having drinks at South Beach with an artist with a snake around my neck or on a yacht enjoying the scenery learning what the mine set was behind the lyrics to a newly released single. I loved it and I wanted to take this show to the next level and represent the French Caribbean on a major network.
Later Chantal received an invitation to host her own musical show on Radio Tropical. Chantou has sense returned to the airwaves and revamped her show “Tout Moun Jwen” which airs Live on Kompa Original Radio and Facebook.
“What was your experience like on Radio Tropical”? Chantou: “It was definitely different the second time around. Luckly I already had the experience preparing for a show. I didn’t want to do radio. I had to sit down in one spot. I thought that would be boring. Edens Debas and Patrick Jules had to convince me and finally I accepted. It was the best experience and I would’ve regret it if I didn’t take the chance. I was in between Bob Lemoine and Guy Ford, both whom I respect dearly. How many people can say they had the honor to sit in the same chair as these two on the number one radio at that time. Monday -Friday 4-6pm I was responsible for the content of this show. I was in between two heavy weights. Jacques the engineer was like a father and thought me the majority of what I know of radio. I had no competition I had to be able to stand tall next to these two. I am blessed to say I was heavily coached by the best and today I can walk into any studio and navigate it, not to many women can do that and I am proud of it. In matter of fact that’s what sets me apart in this male dominated industry.”
When asked Chantou, “Tout Moun Jwen toady and then what is the difference? What exactly is the idea behind this musical show? Chantou answered: “Tout Moun Jwen, then I constantly had guest on my show at the station, for some reason it’s difficult now. With social media some artist insist want I come to them. For the studio experience I raised the bar by making it fun for me and entertaining for my audience with surprise guest. Before you ask I am not a DJ I am a Radio & TV Personality and I turned this show into musical appreciation class. I am the host and entertainment, I take away your stress for a while with humor, great music and ambiance”. The difference then there were no cameras today i’m live on social media so I take advantage of that and I bring awareness to artist musical groups promoters and their events”.
“What are your plans for the future”? Chantou answered with a smile, “Hmmm 2019 let’s raise the bar higher. This year I am gong to work harder and accomplish more. I’m the best kept secret with lots of tricks up my sleeve. I will give you some news I am returning to television and I am going to do it big as I always do and did I plan on being one among many whom will give Haiti a positive image. That’s all I am going to say for now. Watch me follow me on social media @kompaoriginal on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and see what I do next trust me it’s going to be insane.”
Written by Loyd Jean-Charles
September 24, 2018
Fairwell “Belle Kord” aka Kevin Guippe
Saturday September 15, 2018 Belle Kord aka Kevin Guippe sadly announced to his fans at a live performance in West Palm Beach Florida that he would be leaving Klass. Kevin made the overall announcement his last week during rehearsal to his band mates that he would be leaving the band due to financial obligations to his family. Although he is a musician first he is a Father, which has taken priority over his musical career. Kevin Guippe has expressed that he has missed several birthdays and family occasions due to him being on the road with Klass. Kevin has been with the band since 2012 and was a valuable member musically with his distinguished attributes as a guitarist. Hence how he got his nickname “Belle Kord” (translated in English “Beautiful Strings”)
Since “Belle Kord’s” announcement of leaving the music industry it has struck many conversations within the HMI such as ”How is the pay”?, “Is there health and life insurance”? , “Is it profitable as musician or artist in the HMI”? and “Can a musician’s salary pay his or her bills”? There have been many debates on this topic prior, however with a successful band such as Klass the topic has resurfaced. The HMI has produced many successful musicians in the public eye such at Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Wycleff Jean, Dadou Pasquet, Yves Joseph of Tabou, Combo, Fabrice Rouzier, Edie Francois and Beethova Obas to name just a few that have made successful living as Haitian musicians. When you view the success of these artists it brings up the question “Is Management really looking out for their Artist”?
Sad to say quietly we have heard sad stories such as “Go Fund Me” being created as a supplement to assist artist medical needs. Recently this past March of 2018 Yole Derose is an example of this case after she was announced with Myeloma with AL Amyloidosis, an immune and a blood disorder. Which brought up several questions and again went quiet.
Friday September 21, 2018 Klass appeared Live on stage at Brasserie Creole in Cambria Heights, NY without Belle Kord. Although Kevin’s presence wasn’t on stage His bandmates carried out a great performance with out him and he was deeply missed by his fans. It will be hard for someone to fill in the shoes of Kevin Guippe. Perhaps Belle Kord will make surprise guest appearances. In the meantime with “El Pozo” present Klass can continue to say “Klass It IS Baby”! Perhaps Belle Kord will make quest appearances, one can only hope. Kompa Original wishes Belle Kord luck and success in his next endeavours in addition to his life legacy.
September 18, 2018
Michel Martelly performs LIVE in New York at “The Space”
Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky performed Live on stage at the space after Chez Mirelle canceled the performance after numerous calls from individuals threatening to vandalize the Restaurant/Night Club on Friday August 31, 2018. Michel Martelly former President of Haiti performances are always a treat since he has returned back into his musical character Sweet Micky. In front of the Space Michel Martelly fans were greeted by a small group of 15 protesters whom quietly came to exercise the first amendment and make their voices heard with the freedom of speech asking the famous question of the moment “Where is Petro Karaibe’s Money? Kote kob Petro Karibe? The protest lasted about a hour and a half.
Once you entered the Space you were greeted by Michel Martelly’s distinguished voice singing on stage. A voice Haitian music was deprived of for 5yrs while he was President of Haiti. Martelly’s performances before and after politics are truly a tribute to Compas Music, while he plays music from his repertoire and legendary bands that have had a key role in Compas such as Tropicana, Skah Shah, Scorpio, Zeklé, Shelu Sleu and Tabou Combo to name a few. Roger Eugene aka Shoubou of Tabou Combo surprised Michel Martelly on stage while he was performing one of Skah Shah’s hits. Michel was so happy to see Shoubou, he performed a potpourri of Tabou Combo’s music as a tribute to Tabou Combo whom is celebrating their 50yr Anniversary. The two sang and joked on stage while fans laughed and sang a long. It was truly a memorable performance. If you missed Michel Martelly’s performance stay tuned for his next tour dates…
July 16, 2018
Harmonik’s Cap-Haitien August 10, 2018 performance CANCELED
Feu Vert Night Club owned by Septentrional in Cap-Haitien has opened its doors to many bands and artist to perform on their stage. Harmonik has recently released a press release to media and their fans stating their August 10, 2018 performance has been canceled. What makes the cancelation interesting is that Klass and Harmonik both claim they are booked for the same date. For the sake of the fans the showmanship thing to do would have both bands perform on the same stage. Klass’ camp has made it clear that they would take no part in sharing the stage that day. In matter of fact they have pushed full force in promoting the show for that date. Harmonik’s camp received many threats due to their safety they felt they were left with no choice but to cancel their performance rewarding the stage to Klass.
Rico Piere-Louis confirmed in an interview with Evans, Kompa Events Harmonik was officially booked by Feu Vert Night Club on August 10, 2018 with a paid deposit. Flyers, Posters and Bilboards have been seen all over the streets of Cap-Haitien showing otherwise Klass is performing August 10, 2018 at Feu Vert Night Club. Rico states he is frustrated that Klass’ Camp is tried to strong arm the night club due to the band having roots in Cap-Haitien. Rico called Ritchie of Klass and informed him that Harmonik was booked for the date. Ritchy informed Rico regardless of Harmonik having the date at Feu Vert Night Club the band has to have a performance on August 10, 2018. Rico expressed to Ritchy that he would prefer that the band play at Feu Vert Night club and could do so if the band either changes the date or share the stage with Harmonik. Rico called Harmonik’s Management after trying to see if a date change would be possible keeping the bands planed performance at Feu Vert Night Club. Harmonik’s Management informed Rico a date change wouldn’t be possible due to their set dates for their summer tour. The question now asked is are the two bands at a musical polemic war?
To be continued…
July 15, 2018
Haiti’s true character is Strong , Bold and Beautiful
HAITI! Has always been in American History. However Haiti’s true contribution to American History has always been kept silent and edited in a format of a need to know basis. They basically ‘”Don’t want you to know Haiti’s true contribution to history.” Haiti is introduced to the world as the poorest country in the world. However they failed to mention how the poorest country in the world was behind what is known to be one of the strongest countries in the world ‘The United States of America.
To have full self confidence in your history is to know your worth, your history and where you really come from. Rock Newman brought Tariq Nasheed creator of documentary 1804 and Ezili Danto to discuss in depth the Hidden story and history of Hait’s triumph over slavery. This is a must see please watch it with our youth. Enjoy.
PART 1+2 (FULL DOCUMENTARY )