This review is from: The Preacher (Audio CD)
Coupe Cloue is a famous haitian musician. His band "L'ensemble Select" was very famous in Haiti and all over the world specially in Africa. Coupe Cloue's Kompa ( which is the haitian most famous style of music) is different and unique. They call it Compa Mamba. This is one of the best album of Coupe Cloue if not the best.
"Myan Myan", the first track, is an amazing song. Coupe is talking about a guy who went to see "l'ensemble select" play live and who fell in love with the music. But during the performance it started to rain and everybody started to leave the place but the guy is so into the music that he cannot leave. Like Coupe said "the music was sweet like a syrup and he was like an ant. Ants always said they'll die in syrup". Very catchy lyrics.
The third track "marie jocelyne" is wonderful. Coupe is singing for a girl called marie jocelyne. He says " I am singing this song for Marie Jocelyne because her love might bring a bad weather sometimes but her sincerity brings sunshine in my heart."
The track called "mango" has a faster pace than the other ones and will make you want to hit the dancefloor.
"Ye Ye"..One of Coupe Cloue's masterpieces. In this song he is talking to a guy who left his family to go live with a girl and the girl abandonned him." Yeye you left ur mom and ur dad to get married. they told you not to do it but you still left. now that she left you go find your mother because she will always be with there for you." At the end Coupe Cloue starts to freestyle giving guys advices about girls and the song gets hilarious.
"Collabore" shows that Coupe Cloue could have been a philosoph also. The instrumental is really slow and nice. The lyrics are the following: "Every rosary have their crosses Every church have their priest Every house have his people Every alcoholic have his drink but.. Every rosary has the same meaning:to pray Every church is preaching the christ Every houses are made to sleep and every alcoholics are drinking to get drunk That's a way to demonstrate that we should collaborate even though we are different because we are all here for the same cause."
The other songs on the CD are also very nice. The instrumentals are mostly guitars and percussions. The band was composed of 3 guitarist. Really nice to listen to in every situation.
Trust me on this one. This is an amazing album.
Jean Gesner Henry (May 10, 1925 - January 29, 1998), popularly known as Coupé Cloué, was a Haïtian singer, guitarist, and bandleader. He was known for defining a style of Haïtian compas music he called kompa mamba, and for the sometimes bawdy innuendo used in his songs. During his career, he was one of Haïti's most prominent musicians, and found much success in West Africa as well.
As a young man, he received a classical music education and worked as a cabinetmaker before becoming a professional soccer player. It was from soccer, playing defense for the Port-au-Prince club Aigles Noirs, that he acquired his nickname, "Coupé Cloué" or "cut and nail".
He began performing on guitar in 1951, and in 1957 he formed the band Trio Crystal, which he later renamed Trio Select, along with another guitar player and a maraca player. Their first album, one of the dozens Henry released during his career, was released in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s the group expanded from its original three, and renamed itself Ensemble Select. That decade also saw an increase in his use of racy spoken preaching and storytelling in addition to singing during songs; this became one of his trademarks.
In 1978 Henry toured extensively in Africa, greatly increasing his international prominence. His popularity in West Africa was especially boosted by similarities between the rhythms and sounds of Henry's music and indigenous African soukous music. It was there that Henry earned the nickname Roi Coupé, or King Coupé. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Henry continued to perform and record prolifically.
Henry died of diabetes in January 1998, having only retired from performing the previous month. He was mourned in Port-au-Prince by a day-long outdoor funeral celebration, attended by thousands of people, including the interim Minister of Culture.