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Sofrito’s Hugo Mendez compiles Haiti Direct for Strut

Strut prime a new compilation decorating Haitian music from the early ‘60s to the late ‘70s.

It’s been another typically busy year on the compilation front for Strut thus far in 2013 with retrospectives of Celluloid Records and Romanian act Rodion GA highlights along with the recently released Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988 and Trevor Jackson’s upcoming second edition of Metal Dance. Now Strut reveal plans to document “two key decades of Haitian musical innovation” with the forthcoming Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960-1978. The unmixed double CD package has been compiled by Paris-based DJ and producer Hugo Mendez of Sofrito, a collective with previous form on Strut, having issued two compilations celebrating the tropical nature of their roving club night

In a press release, Strut explain that Haiti Direct celebrates the overlooked musical legacy of Haiti, going beyond Ra-ra and voodoo stereotypes to trace the development of a unique sound that echoed across the Caribbean. The exploratory package also includes in-depth liner notes and interviews with some of the musicians of the era, with part of the release’s profits donated to the Partners In Health charity.

Haiti Direct will be available on 2XCD, 2XLP and digital formats on October 29.

Tracklisting:

CD1

1. Ibo Combo – Ti Garçon
2. Les Vikings – Choc Vikings
3. Les Animateurs – Ti Machine
4. Les Loups Noirs – Pile Ou Face
5. Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole – 6ème Leçon
6. Zotobre Feat. Webert Sicot – Lagen
7. Les Fantaisistes De Carrefour – Panno Caye Nan Bwa D’chenn
8. Bossa Combo – Line
9. Les Pachas Du Canapé Vert – Désordre Musical
10. Ti Paris Et Sa Guitare – Cochon St. Antoine
11. Groupe Les Chleu-chleu – Compas X
12. Ra Ra De Léogane – Gade Moune Yo
13. Tabou Combo – Ce Pas
14. Les Difficiles De Pétion-ville – An Septième
15. Les Frères Dejean – Packard
16. Trio Select – Ensemble Select En Action

CD2

1. Raoul Guillaume – Mal Élevé
2. Super Jazz Des Jeunes – Cote Moune Yo
3. Pierre Blain Et Orchestre Murat Pierre – Jouc Li Jou
4. Ensemble Meridional Des Cayes – Calma Pèlerin
5. Ensemble Etoile Du Soir – Messe Quatre Heures
6. Nemours Jean-baptiste – Ti Carole
7. Orchestre Septentrional – Baptême Ratt
8. Les Ambassadeurs – Homenaje A Los Ambajadores
9. Caribbean Sextet – Suspan’n
10. Djet-x – Jive Turkey
11. Les Shleu Shleu – Crapaud
12. Scorpio Universel – Ti Lu Lu Pe
13. Orchestre Tropicana D’haiti – Pran Pasyans