TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

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Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Do you want to make homemade pizza but think it is too hard to master? Think again my friend, as homemade pizza can be quick and delicious, and it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.A great homemade pizza begins with a great foundation. I am including some...

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Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

"With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends" In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo...

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Black Sea-Maid By Yvan Jean-Pierre The smile in your face this morning Shines like a Tropical sun That looms over the haze in the predawn. Behold! Are you aware of it? My goodness! I will be a happy man In a loincloth dressing If you let me see it glowing again Upon...

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Black Sea-Maid By Yvan Jean-Pierre The smile in your face this morning Shines like a Tropical sun That looms over the haze in the predawn. Behold! Are you aware of it? My goodness! I will be a happy man In a loincloth dressing If you let me see it glowing again Upon...

One man helps make a difference in Haiti

The Miami native first saw the impoverished nation in 1980. He was a young man in the Navy, more interested in partying than charity work. Yet even then, the poverty and hopelessness of the tiny country made an impression. I sent a postcard to my wife; I still have...

Djakout Mizik

Since Djakout Mizik's formation in mid 80's, the band has hammed it up on-stage at "Concoure American Airlines"; with a high profile, all-stars line up that included session musicians Claude Marcelin, Clement "Keke" Belizaire, Frabrise Rouzier, Dominique Lorture....

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Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Do you want to make homemade pizza but think it is too hard to master? Think again my friend, as homemade pizza can be quick and delicious, and it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.A great homemade pizza begins with a great foundation. I am including some...

TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

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Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Do you want to make homemade pizza but think it is too hard to master? Think again my friend, as homemade pizza can be quick and delicious, and it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.A great homemade pizza begins with a great foundation. I am including some...

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TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

read more

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

"With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends" In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo...

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TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

"With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends" In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo...

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Black Sea-Maid By Yvan Jean-Pierre The smile in your face this morning Shines like a Tropical sun That looms over the haze in the predawn. Behold! Are you aware of it? My goodness! I will be a happy man In a loincloth dressing If you let me see it glowing again Upon...

One man helps make a difference in Haiti

The Miami native first saw the impoverished nation in 1980. He was a young man in the Navy, more interested in partying than charity work. Yet even then, the poverty and hopelessness of the tiny country made an impression. I sent a postcard to my wife; I still have...

Djakout Mizik

Since Djakout Mizik's formation in mid 80's, the band has hammed it up on-stage at "Concoure American Airlines"; with a high profile, all-stars line up that included session musicians Claude Marcelin, Clement "Keke" Belizaire, Frabrise Rouzier, Dominique Lorture....

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Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Do you want to make homemade pizza but think it is too hard to master? Think again my friend, as homemade pizza can be quick and delicious, and it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.A great homemade pizza begins with a great foundation. I am including some crust short cuts within this article you can use to create a personalized pie and one of these just may help you decide to try it.Chef Boyardee kits are okay if you like a box containing everything you need for a plain cheese pie, but there are better alternatives.

Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Jiffy makes not only the cornbread muffin mix, and other baking mixes, they also make a crust mix that you simply add water too and let it rise. This is the second best shortcut to a great pizza crust.

Homemade Crust:

Robin Hood sells pizza crust as well, and this is I believe the best way to create a homemade crust. You simply add water, set it aside to rise when it has doubled in size spread it on a greased pan or cookie sheet. The packages sell for less then a buck and three packages will make two crusts, which fill a 9 by 13 inch cookie sheet.

Top the crust with your favorite prepared sauce, and set aside for a minute.

Fry up a pound or two of hamburger, a quarter cup of frozen peppers and onions, and a small can of mushrooms. Go ahead as this mixture is frying and sprinkle in some Italian seasonings. Sprinkle this meat mixture onto your crust.

Grab sliced pepperoni, cubed ham, or brown and serve sausage natural flavor and they will save you mega time. There is no need to chop your meats if you buy chopped meats, which you will sprinkle onto the crust.

Top your homemade pizza with shredded Kraft cheese from the refrigerator section. Grab a package of each, mozzarella, cheddar, or cheddar jack mix and sprinkle it on your pizza. There is a blend of shredded cheese, which is a pizza blend and works wonderfully on homemade pizza.

Slide it in an oven, which is 350 degrees and bake it until the crust is browned on the bottom and the cheese is melted on the top which usually takes between ten and fifteen minutes. When your pie is baking, collect the family, set the table, and get ready to take pleasure in your homemade pizza.

Delicious Homemade Pizza:

The store bought or restaurant pizzerias have nothing on homemade pizza and often it is cheaper and no one can resist the urge to try a slice of hot, delicious homemade pizza made with love from your kitchen.

One of the many benefits to making homemade pizza other then cost is it brings a family together for dinner. In our house, not everyone likes the identical type of items so we make everyone their own homemade pizza to enjoy, everyone is happy.

There is a Vast Array of Fields of Law Waiting for you to Explore and Achieve

My inherent philosophy was instilled and exemplified through my humbled parents who were advocates for righteousness, betterment, and working smart while instilling fortitude; necessary to fuel my purposeful desires. The words of ‘if you aren’t pleased with the direction an issue is taking, change it and make it better’ always echo through my mind. So I took an issue that was heading in a negative direction and made it better by researching the specific rights to see what would be most advantageous. I would then expand on that right to prove a point and am a advocate and proponent of standing up for what I believe to be righteous, all while maintaining a balance. Trying to make situations better by either making positive resolution or at least offering calamity to the person undergoing the sometimes complicated deluge of bureaucracy offers a renewed sense of gratitude coupled with occasional complacency. Based on the premise that each individual has a voice, I considered representing those in court who were slighted social security disability benefits. Although a personal incident took precedence, the need to serve humanity is an option certainly worth merit. In some states being a legal secretary opens the door to this opportunity.

A Journey Worth Experiencing:

My formal education was in the medical field, not legal. While identifying need, however, and contrasting legal and medical avenues, I realized how humanity needed fair representation and that there were legal strides needing to be met. Based on this and to my surprise and delight, my first legal opportunity was presented through the placement office of the college I had graduated. There was need for Assistant to Council for the New York State Senate. For two years I jubilantly spent time working for Council in the office of the Ranking Finance Minority Leader. Ironically, in the heart of ‘politics’ I stayed grounded and made certain to stay true to myself while fulfilling my duties. My grandfather had been a local politician and politics being a cornerstone of my heritage, gave me a sense of elation. With this opportunity, my duties included researching gubernatorial appointment subject to Senate confirmation, tracking legislation proposed by the Senator, and the training/supervising of two interns. From this work I was exposed to the legislative process while forming beneficial relationships.

Making certain to understand the task at hand, listening, achieving, compliance and adhering to best practices are relevant factors in any undertaking. Communication, being vital to cultivate and maintain, is a relevant necessity that forms and matures over time and a little patience goes a long way. I learn something beneficial from all experiences and coherently achieve while attaining personal and professional growth.

Criminal Justice System:

The personal incident earlier referenced was theft by deception and becoming state’s witness afforded me a first-hand exploration of the criminal justice system. Through this experience I tirelessly identified changes that needed to be made for the right of the person against whom devious acts had been committed, in this instance me. Researching, writing letters and persistence helped achieve positive results in a system that needs diligent attention and judicial reform.At one time I considered being a lawyer and although forging ahead to make partner was not in my nature, small feats was. So I opted to complete research projects and become acclimated to various forms of law, mostly as a legal assistant with paralegal duties.

Various Forms Of Law:

Some of those various forms of law presented themselves simultaneously while researching criminal statutes relating to the theft by deception all while working as a legal assistant for a firm. This work exposed me to fields of law including but not limited to Litigation, Securities, Patent Law, Real Estate, and back-up closings relating to mergers and acquisitions.

If A Chance To Follow A Dream:

Having the opportunity years later to work under the direction of a sole practitioner who worked with Wills, Estates and various forms of partnerships as a legal assistant, I was privy to working with people’s lives all while offering compassion, understanding and treating each with dignity and respect; my first priority no matter what undertaking I was involved with.

Proponents of my legal background, as paralleled to any endeavors I chose to undertake had always been a stepping stone to my passion of making the world better by standing up for what is right while fulfilling personal satisfaction. Even if the final outcome did not completely present the ideal outcome, an outcome nonetheless was achieved and that was the basis of what was either expanded upon, dismissed or offered pertinent information to be extracted for another endeavor.Give Yourself A Chance to Follow A Dream….You Can Do It. So, if you are considering a rewarding law career, believe and know that with drive, determination and understanding, you will achieve regardless of the the title or type of law you pursue. A little knowledge can go a long way. Best of luck with your legal path!

TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn’t a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou’s new CD, “Sans Limites”. The thirtieth album released by the group over a 32-year period …that’s right, 30 albums. During the presentation of the musicians to the guests attending the party, Roger Eugeune (Shoubou) mentioned something that got me thinking. He declared that “there are a lot of hypocrites out there that love Tabou, but who will not admit to it”. Hey, wait just a minute, who are you calling a hypocrite? I thought. I don’t consider myself a charlatan, but you know what, it quickly became clear to me that there’s a lot of truth in what he said.

Since 1968, Tabou Combo has been producing hits after hits — like, “Bébé Paramount”, “New York City”, “Jojo Nan Carnaval”, “Baissez Bas”, the list goes on …and more recently “A Kou Chou Kou Chou”. The lyrics to these songs were on everyone’s lips, whether or not they were fans of Tabou. As a DJ, I have experienced it first hand. The people who were bashing Tabou, were the same ones coming to me requesting to play one of their hits.

Over the years I’m sure Tabou has seen its share of hard times, however, after 32 years they are still standing and I can’t say enough about their professionalism and their dedication. At the party, I noticed a genuine bond between the members of the group especially amid Shoubou, Yves Joseph (Fanfan), and Hermane Nau. The party itself was very well organized, credits to the Label Company, Antilles Mizik and Tabou Combo, the co-organizers of the event. The hall was filled with representatives from the media, businessmen, family, friends, and of course some die-hard fans of Tabou. Everyone in attendance that I spoke with enjoyed the event and was impressed by the turnout, oh yes, they really took pleasure from the food and the open bar also. It would be nice to see the other groups and artists in the community follow suite and take the time to plan such events in the same manner these guys did. In the long run it will be more beneficial to all parties involved; the bands, label companies and the media.

With the release of “Sans Limites”, Tabou will no doubt silence some of their critics. There’s something for everyone on this CD. In it you will find the traditional Tabou Combo with tunes like “Tu As Volé” and “Pawezé”, the younger generation will also find their liking in songs such as “Bel Rankont” sang by Ralph Conde and “Zoklo” performed by guest musician, the talented Armstrong Jeune. But, my personal favorite is definitely “Lakay”, I find myself going back and playing that one over and over. There’s no longer any doubt in my mind that Tabou Combo is THEambassador of Konpa. They have done a very good job representing our culture abroad, and with the addition of younger musicians like Daniel Pierre, Ralph Conde, and Ronald Felix, they will surely continue to do so for a long time to come.

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

“With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends”

In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo has released his first solo project entitled “Steady and Ready”. This album is a testament of Fredy’s tremendous musical talent, and presents us with another dimension of the artist.

“Steady and Ready” is straight-up Konpa with slinky guitar and keyboard rhythms, and a live horn section. The music style on this album in no way resembles anything he has done with his group Top Vice. Fredy, with help from his buddies Ulrick Bouzi and Julien J. Claude was able exhibit his diversity by adapting a much different style. The album contains eight brilliant tracks, “Malouse,” a slow-tempo track blaring with beautiful chorus, is one of the most impressive tracks on this album.

Because of the seal-off nature of the Haitian music industry, individual recognition is often sacrificed for the group, as a result most people tend not to pay tribute to individual artists who happen to play in a band. When you come across an imposing figure such as Fredy, it becomes obvious that you have to give him his due respect. In this regard every Konpa fan should do just that.

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Black Sea-Maid
By Yvan Jean-Pierre

The smile in your face this morning
Shines like a Tropical sun
That looms over the haze in the predawn.
Behold! Are you aware of it?

My goodness! I will be a happy man
In a loincloth dressing
If you let me see it glowing again
Upon your sensuous lips tonight
O Black Sea-maid of the Isles!

One man helps make a difference in Haiti

The Miami native first saw the impoverished nation in 1980. He was a young man in the Navy, more interested in partying than charity work. Yet even then, the poverty and hopelessness of the tiny country made an impression.

I sent a postcard to my wife; I still have it. I wrote: `I can`t wait to get home. This is the saddest place I`ve ever seen in my life,” Shelnutt recalled.

More than two decades later, the situation is much worse. There is no longer a U.S. military presence in Haiti. Tourism, which used to be a boost to the country`s economy, is almost nonexistent.

The people are poorer and hungrier, and the AIDS rate is skyrocketing. One in every five Haitian children dies of malnutrition, dehydration or diarrhea. More than 80 percent of the country`s population live below the poverty level. More than half of Haiti`s residents are illiterate. Orphans are everywhere.

Shelnutt, too, has changed. He`s now a Baptist preacher who runs a home for people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions in Mississippi. And now, even though Haiti is still a “sad” place, Shelnutt lives for his biannual visits. He can`t wait for the opportunity to see the orphans he has helped find a home for and rescue others from the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Djakout Mizik

Since Djakout Mizik’s formation in mid 80’s, the band has hammed it up on-stage at “Concoure American Airlines”; with a high profile, all-stars line up that included session musicians Claude Marcelin, Clement “Keke” Belizaire, Frabrise Rouzier, Dominique Lorture. These guys got an instant appeal in tandem with the Widmaire Brothers (Zekle), and Jacqueline Denis when they released the truly first mega hit of Nu-Genration Konpa “Encore”. “Encore” started frenzy in Haiti and became a club and dance hit in the late 80’s. As the late Felix Lamy, a Haitian radio and music icon, from Radio National once said that “record set the precedent for a new era in Konpa music”.

The band changed its direction in the early 90’s and became more stable as a live band. Under the leadership of Claude Marscelin, Djakout Mizik welcomed a newer generation of musicians; which included lead singer Gracia Delva (1993), Auguste Duverger(Pouchon), keyboard players David Dupoux( now a member of konpa Kreyol), and Ezzer Charlemagne(Ti Ti Pouche). Shortly after this change, the band released its debut album ” Deux Double”. The self-title song “Deux Double” became Djakout first top ten hit in Haiti, and this set the stage for Djakout Mizik’s remarkable string of consecutive hits. Djakout real break through came in 1999 with the release of their second album entitled ” Moso Lanmou “, Ma seule Folie a brilliant song that was quintessentially “Nouvelle Konpa” at its best.

In June 2001 under the label Antilles Mizik, Djakout Mizik released its third album ” Septieme Ciel”, which featured the now classic hit songs ” Sam fe ou”, “Naje pou soti”, among others. ” Septieme Ciel’ was one of the album nominated as album of the Year at the 2002 Haitian Music Award. Although Claude Marscelin is no longer part of Djakout Mizik (now a member of the group Passion Du Canada), his legacy & presence will forever be still felt within the band.

With the release of their 4th album ” La Familia” and an ever-increasing fan base, Djakout Mizik has proven once again that they belong to konpa’s royal league. Invariably aesthetic and elegant, “La Familia” is perhaps Djakout Mizik finest album to date. The melodies are soft yet lively and the lyrics on the album make this a feast for the senses. ” La Familia” kicks off with the ear & heart throbbing song ” Fruit De La Passion”, written by Dominique Lorture. The lyrics in this song make us aware that these konpa songs are just not spontaneously put together to fill a void in a compact disc. As a group, Djakout Mizik demonstrates tremendous chemistry that’s apparent throughout the album, particularly with the romantic ballad ” tendresse”; a remarkably aesthetic song with clean articulation. Overall the songs are well arranged, but the album could have avoided some of the English slam utilize in certain songs. If you are a true music lover, it’s certainly worthwhile having this album in your music collection.

Recently Djakout Mizik’s profile has never been higher. The band is attracting large audiences of all ages throughout Haiti and abroad. Djakout is currently on a USA , where they will be appearing with System & NU-Look in Florida. In Haiti Djakout regularly plays on Sundays at “Le Regency”, 43 RUE MAGNY, PETION VILLE.

The Nature of Creativity

Finding the balance between potential and functional creativity. The human organism as a living entity is perpetually involved in thinking, resolving clashes, deciding, choosing and creating. The impulse to create is within us all and if fostered under ideal conditions and circumstances the potential for growth is enormous. All of us are actively involved in the creative process, whether in architecture, sculpture, painting, poetry, music and many other fields such as sciences and mathematics.

Each individual is a potential creator. I would like to clarify that although each one of us has the potential to create, there is a difference between potential and functional creativeness. This implies that if nurtured and guided, a higher creative level may be attained. Unfortunately, not everybody’s creativeness has been developed so that it can properly function. We can therefore distinguish between the potential and the functional creativeness. The potential creativeness, one may have and not be aware of it. In the process of maturation or learning, it may have been neglected, inhibited or buried. Potentially one may be a creator but his creativeness can’t function. It is quite clear that there is a tremendous range in the creativeness in people.

Some people inherently or by their early influences have much greater potential creativeness than others, finding balance in reaching both is the object of everyone’s search. It has been said of poetry that it is good when words are arranged in their best order. What of painting? In evaluating the individual’s effort to portray, display and share his emotions on canvas, as art lovers we observe. As observers, listeners, readers and collections we hope to explore in the future the creative process behind artists, writers, musicians, poets and leaders in our community and elsewhere.

Heritage Konpa Magazine, using an innovative approach will offer a forum to readers bridging the gap between all people. I look forward to bringing you each month insights into the mind of artists, ”music makers”, and community personalities. I will walk you through art exhibits, book reviews, parties and discussions. Our heritage and culture as Haitians and Haitian-Americans are worth exploring. Would you join me? 

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Making Homemade Pizza is Easy

Do you want to make homemade pizza but think it is too hard to master? Think again my friend, as homemade pizza can be quick and delicious, and it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma.A great homemade pizza begins with a great foundation. I am including some...

TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

"With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends" In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo...

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TABOU COMBO IS TRULY WITHOUT LIMITS

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of Tabou Combo. I generally preferred Skah Shah over Tabou and so did many of my friends. On Friday, November 3, 2000, along with my colleagues from Heritage Konpa Magazine, I attended the release party of Tabou's new CD, "Sans Limites"....

Fredy Carmelo – Ready & Steady

"With this solo album, I renew my commitment to remain steadily faithful to my fans, my community, and friends" In the midst of a long musical journey with the group Top Vice and with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Konpa veteran, singer Fredy Carmelo...

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Black Sea-Maid By Yvan Jean-Pierre The smile in your face this morning Shines like a Tropical sun That looms over the haze in the predawn. Behold! Are you aware of it? My goodness! I will be a happy man In a loincloth dressing If you let me see it glowing again Upon...

One man helps make a difference in Haiti

The Miami native first saw the impoverished nation in 1980. He was a young man in the Navy, more interested in partying than charity work. Yet even then, the poverty and hopelessness of the tiny country made an impression. I sent a postcard to my wife; I still have...

Djakout Mizik

Since Djakout Mizik's formation in mid 80's, the band has hammed it up on-stage at "Concoure American Airlines"; with a high profile, all-stars line up that included session musicians Claude Marcelin, Clement "Keke" Belizaire, Frabrise Rouzier, Dominique Lorture....

The Nature of Creativity

Finding the balance between potential and functional creativity. The human organism as a living entity is perpetually involved in thinking, resolving clashes, deciding, choosing and creating. The impulse to create is within us all and if fostered under ideal...

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