Unmistakably creole, yet still quite cosompolitan with its jaunty sax and Congolese-style guitar, Haitian music of this period (1978) had an influence only more remarkable for the fact that Haiti is only half of a small island. Bands like Shleu Shleu played more for love than money. It certainly sounds that way. ~ John Storm Roberts, All Music Guide
by John Storm Roberts
Shleu-Shleu, the Haitian forerunner of what in NYC became Ska-Shah #1, was one of the great bands. Their combination of swing and delicacy was one reason, but from this distance what stands out from that pre-funk era is their strong Creole flavor, not just in the melodies but in the wonderful solo sax, a style no longer heard. Here's a question: Given the Congo touch in the guitars, who was influencing whom?