Beethova Obas has made his music the symbol of sweetness and serenity. But one has to cling to the power of his sentences, to the colour of the words, to the subtlety of his wordplay, and one understands, above aIl, why his first narne is made out ofthree syllables like Beethoven's, who inspired his father, the painter Charles Obas.
Born in March (the month of the God of war), Beethova would give a lot to see mankind lay down arrns forever, abolish frontiers and spread respect and love throughout the planet, inspiring in future generations the values which lead to Peace.
Thanks to his multicultural upbringing, he has captured the African soul of music, by exploiting its folklore.
Feelings of hatred, rancour or revenge have never inhabited him, in spite of the tragic disappearance of his father, a painter and musician caught by the lethal claws of the Duvalier regime, one day in October 1969.
This event forges his conscience and explains on its own the title of his first album "Le chant de liberté" ("The song of freedom"), released in 1990.
Very quickly thereafter, his notoriety reaches beyond the borders of the Caribbean. His album "Si ... " hits the tops and is even whistled in Europe.
Other albums will follow. Like "Pa Prese", that contains Gainsbourg's famous song "Couleur Café", more fiery and spicy in Beethova's adaptation. "Planèt la" is a masterpiece! Not weIl known due to a modest distribution, this will one day go round the world!
The artist's serenity grows over the years. "Kèm Poze" which means "1am serene" demonstrates a style which is now Beethova's signature: the CUBHABRA, a subtle mixture of Cuban flavours, Haitian rhythms and Brazilian chords.
His more and more frequent tours lead him successively through French-speaking world, from the French Antilles, then through France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland. Next: The United States, Tunisia and Japan.
Never in a hurry, never intoxicated by success, Beethova thinks that each thing takes as long as it needs. Each event or change which occurred in his country affects him strongly, directing him towards an artistic reflection ofwhich he alone has the secret. In the same way as everything takes its strength when faced with its opposite, Beethova combines wealth with poverty, justice with abuses, honesty with corruption. He juggles with words, which then take on a dimension indissociable from the socio-political situation in his native island.
In 1988, he wins the "American Airlines" contest, and the song "Lagé-l" interpreted by his brother Emmanuel, becomes a popular anthem. The same year, he is the laureate of the "DECOUVERTES 88" contest organised by Radio France Internationale. In 1989, in Curacao, Beethova receives the prize ofthe International World Troubadour Festival. ln 1990, his album "Le chant de Liberté" stays in pole position on the waves ofHaitian radios.
1He sets off on international tour with the famous Martinique group Malavoi in 1992. The musicians, captivated by one of his compositions "Nou Pa Moun", invite him to take part in the production and the international tour of the "Matebis" album. ln 1994, his album "SI..." confirms his talent.
He performs at the major festivals, such as the "Printemps de Bourges" in La Rochelle and "Francofolies" . On two occasions, he shares the stage with Césaria Evora. "Planèt la" is released in 1999. ln the song "Nèg Kongo", he forms a sublime duet with his brother Emmanuel.
And the tours pile up, with a memorable concert in 2000 in the Lincoln Center festival. The New York Times pays him an emotive homage. During spring 2001, the public of Seine Saint-Denis in Paris applauds him during the eighteenth anniversary of the "Banlieues Bleues" festival. At the same place, he conducts the "Choeur des Ateliers des Banlieues Bleues" and his album "Planèt la" is c1assified in the selective discography of the festival.
2003. With "Kèm Poze", Beethova hits the news once again. AlI the songs denounce something in a veiled manner: sorne the creeping political situation, others an obvious insecurity; not to mention the ironie derision of the primary, secondary, and further for "adults!" education systems. Once again, he goes back over environmental deterioration, the conscience of which is, alas, not universal.
ln 2006, he is appointed Ambassador of Peace by the OAS (Organisation of the American States). ln music, he proposes that aIl the Haitians turn to the future with the single "Gad Devan".
Travelling through countries and continents, in concerts and on tours, Beethova continues to scatter stars of happiness. ln his quest for the absolute, the warmth of his voice sings for the whole of Mankind. He repeats that life is a miracle, and that motherhood rhymes with love. When he scans the horizon of aIl the soil he has walked upon, when he thinks about what he has been through, of his daydreams of a linked multicultural world, his heart is humming an internaI refrain: Bravo Manman! He was only seventeen when his mother joined the stars in the sky, yet she has inspired in him the sense of forgiveness and love.
ln 2006, the birth of his daughter gives him a new rhythm; as he savours the joys of paternity. But music stilllives on inside him. He takes the time to be with his family, but music forms part of his daily life. As he matures, he becomes even increasingly demanding with himself. This is why he took time to polish his next album. One can smell CUBAHABRA, and of course one can taste a range of new flavours ...
ln short, the album will bear the impression of the 21st century, resolutely turned towards the FUTURE!
A "Best Of ... " gathers together the more popular songs ofhis twenty-two-year career. The choice was essentially made through the medium of the Internet as fans and amateurs carefully selected their preferred songs.
After the earthquake that struck Haïti on 12 January 2010, Beethova commits himself with determination to initiatives for rebuilding his country. With his wife, he founds the association IFF (Investment for the Future).
ln January 2010, still within the framework of the preparation of his album, Beethova records violins in Poland, with the WrocIaw Philharmonie Orchestra. A highly emotional moment. The Poles are touched by the drama which has just struck Haiti and a press conference is quickly organised by the mayor of the city, calling on Beethova to highlight the secular, historical and musical links between Poland and Haiti.
On 18 January 2010, in the French daily "Libération", Beethova pays tribute to his country, in an article entitled "Non, tu n'es pas maudite". http://www.liberation.fr/monde/Ol 01614447-non-tu-n-es-pas-maudite
On 21 January 2010, he is the guest of the "Grand Journal de Canal +" and shares the set with Jamel Debouzze. On 24 January 2010, Beethova Obas and his brother Emmanuel are Jamel Debouzze's guest stars on the stage of the Bataclan. The funds collected are paid back in full in Haiti. He forms part of the 50 artists invited within the framework of the exceptional solidarity concert live from the Zénith in Paris, organised by France 2 and France Inter in association with the Ministry of Culture and of Communication.
Concert in the Bataclan
http://www.france24.com/fr/20 100 124-bataclan-artistes-r-unis-jamel-debbouze- font- f-te-ha-ti Full concert "Pour Haiti" on France 2
Beethova Obas takes part in the broadcast "Internationales" ofTV5 Monde and RF!. http://www.tv5.orglTV5Site/internationales/emission-13- Intemationales.htm?epi id=0&video=http://www.viewontv.com/tv5/metas/internationales/intern ationales 240110 8.asx
On 2 February 2010, Beethova Obas is the guest star during the support concert for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, organised by the mayor of the 15th district of Paris. Philippe Lavit and Emmanuel Obas are also present. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xc961x concert-de-soutient-aux-victimes-du music
At the initiative of Kery James, a video clip "Désolé" gathers together numerous mUSIC, television and cinema celebrities. Beethova Obas is invited.
On 10 February 2010, an exceptional evening - a concert in Belgium: LIEGE HELPS HAIT! with the participation of Beethova Obas as an honoured guest.
On 21 February 2010, in Brussels, Beethova is present at the support concert organised by Ewa/une Oeuvre pour Haiti. The funds raised go to Haitian musicians, victims of the disaster. This concert in the Botanique is in collaboration with artists from Belgium, Haiti and other countries. http://www.botanique.be/cgi?usr=w5mjtb4gmy&lg=fr&pag=877&tab=111 &rec=1644&frm=350 &par=secorig873&id=5453&flux=28173545
On 27 March 2010, in Brussels, a private concert unites Beethova and his brother Emmanuel Obas as guests. Funds are raised for the IFF association (Investment for the Future).
Another concert in Gerrnany (Frankfurt) on 28 March 2010, still within the framework of the assistance to Haiti.
On 25 and 26 May 2010, Beethova perforrns in the Atrium in Martinique as part of the "En Arpège pour Haiti" concert. A choir of children will accompany Beethova by interpreting various songs of his repertoire.
On 3 June 2010 in Washington, he is invited to perforrn at the InterAction Forum, a NGO (Non govemmental Organisation) working in numerous countries of the planet, including Haiti.