Compas Style Overview
Compas Music Description
Stylistic origins Méringue
Cultural origins Mid-1950s, Haiti
Congadrumguitarkeyboardhorn sectionsynthesizerbass guitarcowbell
Cadence rampacadence-lypsozoukcoladeirakizomba Fusion genres Socareggaetonkudurochampeta Regional scenes North America (esp. Haiti, 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 Related articles 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 vte Compas (Haitian Creole: konpa), or kompa, is a dance music and modern méringue in Haiti with African roots. The genre was popularized following the 1955 creation of the band Conjunto International by Nemours Jean-Baptiste. 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.
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