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Subject: 15359: (Hermantin) Miami Herald-Twoubadou Saturday (fwd)

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Haitian melodies

By Cary Darling, Miami-Herald, Friday 18 April 2003

Meanwhile, Haitian twoubadou, a silky and romantic take on Haitian compas, takes the stage at Bayfront Park on Saturday at the Haiti Twoubadou Festival. Twoubadou translates as troubadour and, as that designation implies, the style is more concerned with melody, lyrics, harmonies and acoustic instruments than some of its Caribbean competitors.

To get a taste of twoubadou, pick up Haiti Twoubadou Volume 3, the latest project from Fabrice Rouzier and Clément Bélizaire. Many of the musicians on the album are set to perform Saturday and it's a sweet and soaring collection that, even though mostly in Creole, still resonates with Anglophones, simply because of its superior melody. Still, they do offer an English take on Bob Marley's Turn Your Lights Down Low that manages to capture the spirit of the original while adding a particularly Haitian twist.

While much of the emphasis at the recent Haitian Music Awards held in Miami was on the more uptempo mix of compas and hip-hop, twoubadou has emerged as a competing style and is increasing in popularity. The Haiti Twoubadou Festival should help cement its popularity on this side of the Florida Straits.

The 420 Festival takes place at noon Sunday at American Legion, 6445 NE Seventh Ave, Miami. Admission is $10 for discount presale tickets, $15 for general admission, $7 for 18 and older after 11 p.m. (all live acts end by 11 p.m.). General admission includes free admission to the Revolver/The Church/BeatCamp after-party for patrons 18 and over. Advance tickets available through today at Uncle Sam's Music, 1141 Washington, Miami Beach (305-532-0973) or 4580 N. University Dr., Sunrise (954-742-3722), Evolution of the Grove, 3098 Fuller St., #10, Coconut Grove (305-443-9470), Yo Yo Vintage Boutique, 742 NE 79th St., Miami (305-754-4279), Happy Times Smoke Novelty, 1607 NE 123rd St., Miami (305-899-9499), and Hard Rock Café, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (305-377-3110).

The Haiti Twoubadou Festival takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Playing are Yves Joseph, Jude Jean, James Germain, Carl F. Behrmann, Mikael Benjamin and others. Admission is $20 (adults) and $10 (children under 10). Call 305-888-3939.