WGXC-90.7 FM

Music for the Masses: The Golden Age of Compas Direct, Part 2

May 26, 2024: 1pm - 3pm
WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears

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Hosted by Neva E. Wartell.

Continuing our celebration of Haitian Heritage Month, this broadcast will feature a selection of classic recordings by the great Haitian dance bands of the 1960s through early '80s, who created the genre of “compas direct” (aka “compas” or “konpa”) – still among the most enduring and popular music styles enjoyed throughout the Caribbean and around the world. (Part 1 was broadcast on May 21, 2023.)

"Music for the Masses" invites you on an excursion of sound and rhythm. Discover the music of established and emerging artists, both signed and unsigned, on the international music scene. For the avid globe-hopper and armchair traveler alike. You might want to pack a map and a sandwich. Catskill resident "DJ Neva" is an ethnomusicologist, producer, and long-time cultural activist, specializing in music from the entire African continent, as well as the Caribbean and Latin America, the Maghreb and Middle East, and the Roma (Gypsy) diaspora. Formerly the producer of "Continental Drift" on WBAI-FM and New York International on Haitian community station Radio Soleil in NYC. The show is broadcast live from Catskill, NY.

Playlists and more information here.

Selection of original DJ mixes here.

  • Love The Life You Live / Midnite
  • Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough / Michael Jackson
  • Medam yo / Les Difficiles de Pétionville
  • L'Artibonite / Les frères Dejean
  • Pile ou face / Les Loups Noirs
  • Choc vikings / Les Vikings d'Haïti
  • Min Zin... / DP Express
  • La fraicheur / Ibo Combo
  • Meci Bon Dieu / L’Orchestre de la Radio Nationale D’Haiti
  • Ce Pas Fot Moin / Les Docteurs Du Rythme
  • Batterie Shupa / Les Shupa Shupa D'Haiti
  • Guêpe pangnole / Skah-Shah
  • Gislene / Tabou Combo
  • Francine / Les Gypsies De Petionville
  • 6ème lecon / Rodrigue Milien
  • Myan myan / Coupe Cloue