Jean-Baptiste Nemours

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        Slowing down the rhythms and simplifying the melodies of the merengue, Jean-Baptise Nemours created a new style of dance music, konpa, and ushered the music of Haiti into modern times. With its straight-ahead beat propelled by bass drum, snare drum, hi hat, and cowbells, the musical style had dancers on their feet throughout the late '50s and '60s. A regular performer at functions for dictator Francois Duvalier, Nemours challenged Les Jazz De Jeune and saxophonist Webert Scott's... Read more

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