Famous Haitian Singers and Bands

Manno Charlemagne

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 17, 2014 In : Jazz 
Manno Charlemagne biography

Manno Charlemagne is a Haitian folk singer, writer and composer, born in 1948, in the city of Carrefour, a growing suburb in Port-au-Prince at the time. Manno Charlemagne, a young singer at a catholic choir, became quickly fascinated by the songs of the Haitian peasants migrating to Port-au-Prince in search of a better life.  A couple years later, in 1970, Manno Charlemagne became one of the founder of a cultural group called Kilti Libète or Freedom Culture;  the group quickly spawned into a...


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Martha Jean Claude

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 17, 2014 In : Folk 

Born on March 21, 1919 in Port-au-Prince, Martha Jean Claude was an actress, dancer, singer, writer, compositor, philanthropist, an activist and perhaps the most respected Haitian artist in the international scene. Martha Jean Claude was very successful from the beginning of her career, due to her extremely beautiful voice and the deep connection she had with the people through her folkloric and Voodoo lyrics. An avid speaker against the abuse of the masses by authorities, led to her arrest i...


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Yole Derose

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 17, 2014 In : Folk 
Yole Derose

Yole Derose is an iconic Haitian singer born in Port-au-Prince on April 5th, 1955 to a wealthy, but very religious family. During her adolescent years, Yole Derose joined the choir of the church where her parents regularly attended, as the lead singer. Although very attracted to music, according to her, her parents, specially her father, prohibited her to pursue a singing career.  She was sent to Quebec, Canada to pursue her collegiate education. While residing in Canada she met the very famo...


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Toto Bissainthe

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, October 17, 2014 In : Folk 
Toto Bissainthe


Toto Bissainthe was a Haitian singer, actress, dancer, born in the city of Cap-Haitien, grew up there till her early adolescent years; when her parents sent her to the United States to pursue her education. After high school, Bissainthe left the US in favor of France, where she would study acting. After graduating from college, she started a 
theater
 company in France, named Griots, which became the first African Theater company in Paris. Toto Bissainthe famed started with an amazing performan...

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