Wednesday, September 7, 2011
LP Review: Tabou Combo de Petion-Ville's 'Respect...'
Haiti's pioneer band of the Compas dance music style released Respect... back in 1973. Thankfully, the sound is resurrected from years ago by the folks at Secret Stash Records. The eight-track release contains songs of Compas, which are derivatives of Haitian meringue, initially popularized by Nemours Jean-Baptiste in 1955. The driving rhythms contain interlocking guitar styles, lively bass, conga, drums, and accordion. The sound is inherently tropical with hints of funk and soul. After relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 1971, Tabou Combo left its mark on Haitian soul and funk for years to come. "Maria" is more of a South American ballad, while "Respect" is infused with danceable energy from the soul of the Caribbean. Anyone interested in Haitian Creole, Compas music, Caribbean music, and Tabou Combo in general, should find Respect... extremely satisfying for the soul...and feet. ~ Matthew Forss