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Gasman Pierre, mieux connu comme Gazman Couleur, est né le 22 août, dans Gonaïves. Passionné au sujet de football, il rêvait de devenir un joueur professionnel, mais une blessure du genou a changé son... Read More


 

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Gazzman Couleur


   

Can Haitian konpa get its groove back? This ‘golden’ performer thinks so.

The popular Haitian konpa song asks: Ki lang ou pale lè w’ap fè lanmou? (What language do you speak when you’re making love?)

M’pale Kreyòl, the singer croons. I speak Creole.

The song, a tribute to Haiti’s mother tongue by the band K-Dans, is symbiotic of what konpa artist Gazzman Couleur has managed to elevate with his talent. His latest album, “Kleré Yo,” is the perfect marriage of language, love, and Haitian culture.

“dISIP’s album is fabulous,” said Garry Pierre-Pierre, publisher of the New York-based Haitian Times newspaper and producer of Kreyolfest, the largest Haitian music festival north of Miami. “Gazzman sings with emotion and power.”

After a two-year absence in which his presence on the dance-driven konpa scene wasn’t felt and some had written him off, Couleur is enjoying a musical rebirth.

For months, he and his South Florida-based band dISIP (as in disciple — a nod to his deep sense of spirituality) have been wooing fans and winning accolades with the album’s electrified guitar and keyboard-driven rhythms —fanning hope that konpa might be able to break through its wall of isolation.

“Kleré Yo’s” lyrics, arrangements, and melodies have been critically acclaimed by Haitian music industry watchers, earning Couleur several konpa Album-of-the-Year honors, including one from Haiti’s leading entertainment publication, Ticket Magazine. “There is no debate,” editor Gaelle Alexis said in her roundup of the top 2016 entertainment acts.

This month, before a crowd of more than 3,000 partygoers in Montreal, a city official cited Couleur’s “determination and perseverance” while awarding him a plaque for his contribution to the genre. READ MORE>>>


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5 reasons to celebrate the return of Gazzman Couleur

After a two-year absence in which his presence on the dance-driven konpa scene wasn’t felt and some had written him off, Gazzman Couleur is enjoying a musical rebirth. 

His latest album, Kleré Yo, is the perfect marriage of language, love and Haitian culture.

The 12-track album is deeply personal, filled with lyrics of love and loss, and messages of faith and hope.

For months, he and his South Florida-based band dISIP (as in disciple — a nod to his deep sense of spirituality) have been wooing fans and winning accolades with the album’s electrified guitar and keyboard-driven rhythms —fanning hope that konpa dirèk may finally be able to break through its wall of isolation. 

Here are five reasons we are glad he is back. 

1. Major props
 

His band disip’s album Klere Yo (Enlighten them) is winning accolades and top Konpa Album of the Year honors from a number of groups keeping a close tab on the ins, and outs of the Haitian music industry.

“Disip’s album is fabulous,” said Garry Pierre-Pierre, publisher of the New York-based Haitian Times newspaper and producer of Kreyolfest, the largest Haitian music festival north of Miami.

 

 

4. He can sing, duh
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LE2Z0TPHAA

What a voice. Whether he’s sparring verbally with another konpa singer or sharing a duet with Guadeloupean songstress Jessye Belleval about how “It Doesn’t Matter,” Couleur’s voice keeps fans mesmerize. READ MORE>>>


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