Compas

(also called Konpa Kompa )

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Description

Compas
Stylistic origins Méringue[1]
Cultural origins Mid-1950s, Haiti[1]
Typical instruments
Congadrumguitarkeyboardhorn sectionsynthesizerbass guitarcowbell[1]
Derivative forms
Cadence rampacadence-lypsozoukcoladeirakizomba
Fusion genres
Socareggaetonkudurochampeta
Regional scenes
North America (esp. Haiti,[1] the French West Indies, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Panama and the Dominican Republic)PortugalFranceAfrica (esp. Cape Verde and Angola)South America (esp. Brazil and Colombia)
Music of Haiti
General topics
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Genres
Cadence Kompa Gospel Hip hop Kontradans Méringue Mini-jazz Mizik rasin Rabòday Rara Rara tech Rock Twoubadou Vodou drumming Zouk
Media and performance
Music awards Haitian Music Award
Music festivals
Carnival Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival
Nationalistic and patriotic songs
National anthem La Dessalinienne
Regional music
Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Aruba and the Dutch Antilles Bahamas Barbados Bermuda Bonaire Cayman Islands Cuba Curaçao Dominica Dominican Republic French Guiana Grenada Guadeloupe Guyana Jamaica Louisiana Martinique Montserrat Panama Puerto Rico St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and Grenadines Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Virgin Islands
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Compas (Haitian Creole: konpa), or kompa, is a dance music and modern méringue in Haiti with African roots.[1] The genre was popularized following the 1955 creation of the band Conjunto International by Nemours Jean-Baptiste.[1] Compas is the main music of many countries such as Dominica and the French Antilles, etc. Whether it is called zouk where French Antilles artists of Martinique and Guadeloupe have taken it or compas in places where Haitian artists have toured, this méringue style is very influential in the Caribbean, Africa, Cape Verde, Portugal, France, part of Canada, South and North America.[2][3][4]

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