The Best Kompa Bands/Artists

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Kompa artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. Kompa music--Compas music, kompa direk or konpa is a popular genre of Haitian music that has been around since the 1800s. List includes any good haitian kompa bands, albums and biographical information when available if you click on the names. This list of the top kompa artist in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Kompa groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all kompa bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest kompa bands of all time, since the most famous kompa artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best kompa music.

You can click on the kompa band names to see more information about that particular notable kompa group. If they're near the top of the best kompa artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top kompa bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the kompa band names themselves.

List below includes Wyclef Jean, Omarion and more artists. Make sure to downvote the worst artists on this list. Is Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis a better choice for the top of the list than Francky Vincent? Vote accordingly.

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The list includes all new kompa bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of kompa, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into kompa music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good kompa bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent kompa bands.

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  • Alan Cavé
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    199 votes
    Georges Alan Cavé (born in New York City on February 27, 1966), is a Haitian-American lead singer of the compas (kompa) band Zin.
  • T-Vice
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    148 votes
    T-Vice is a Haitian Kompa band currently based in Miami, Florida. The group has performed throughout the world, most notably in cities of Miami, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Paris and throughout the Caribbean through various concerts, carnivals, and festivals.
  • Djakout Mizik
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    87 votes
    Djakout Mizik is a Haitian compas band based in Carrefour, Haiti, Djakout Mizik is notable for their slow jazzy style and have produced songs such as Septieme Ciel, Naje Pou Souti, and Biznis Pam. On New Year's Eve 2007, they performed with Wyclef Jean on MTV. This was their first appearance on an American network television. In February 2008, they were crowned the best carnival band in Haiti for their energetic performance of Kalòt Marasa. In 2010, Djakout Mizik divided into two distinct bands; one retained the original name "Djakout Mizik", with the second band taking the name "Djakout #1".
  • Fabrice Rouzier
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    Fabrice Rouzier is a Haitian pianist, producer, and entrepreneur who has been in the Haitian music industry for more than 20 years.
  • Michel Martelly
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    Michel Joseph Martelly (French pronunciation: ​[miʃɛl ʒɔzɛf maʁteli]; born 12 February 1961) is a Haitian singer and former politician who went on to serve as the President of Haiti from May 2011 until February 2016. He is from Côte-de-fer, a commune located in the South East region of Haiti. Martelly was one of Haiti's best-known musicians for over a decade, going by the stage name Sweet Micky. For business and musical reasons, Martelly has moved a number of times between the United States and Haiti. When travelling to the United States, Martelly mostly stays in Florida. After his presidency, Martelly returned to his former band (Sweet Micky) and sung a carnival meringue entitled Bal Bannan nan (Give her the banana), a message as a response to Liliane Pierre Paul, a famous Haitian female journalist in Port-au-prince.As a singer and keyboardist, "Sweet Micky" is known for his Kompa music, a style of Haitian dance music sung predominantly in the Haitian Creole language, but he blended this with other styles. Martelly popularized a "new generation" of compas with smaller bands relying on synthesizers and electronic instruments. From 1989 to 2008, Martelly recorded over a dozen studio albums and a number of live CDs. As a musician and club owner in Haiti in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Martelly became associated with the neo-Duvalierist Haitian military and police, including figures such as police chief Michel François, and he agreed with the 1991 Haitian coup d'état against Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In 1995, after Aristide had been restored to office, Martelly's name appeared on a hit list of coup supporters, and he stayed away from Haiti for almost a year. During this time, he released a song, "Prezidan" (on the album Pa Manyen), "an exuberant ditty that called for a president who played compas". However, he did not run for political office until 2010, when he became a candidate for President of Haiti. After the catastrophic earthquake, Martelly won the Haitian general election, 2010–11 for his party Repons Peyizan (Farmers' Response Party), after a run-off against candidate Mirlande Manigat. Martelly had come in third in the first round of the election, until the Organization of American States forced Jude Célestin to withdraw due to alleged fraud. Martelly assumed his position of the President of Haiti on 14 May 2011 after René Préval retired to his home in Marmelade. His election campaign included a promise to reinstate the nation's military, which had been abolished in the 1990s by Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
  • Wyclef Jean
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    77 votes
    Nel Ust Wyclef Jean (; born on October 17, 1969) is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election. The Electoral Commission ruled him ineligible to stand for office, as he had not met the constitutional requirement to have been a resident in Haiti for five years prior to the election.Jean's efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization, Yéle Haiti. The charity, which conducted education and welfare activities in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in 2012. It was investigated for failure to file tax returns and mismanagement of funds; a high proportion of its money went to travel and administrative expense. The New York Times reported that much of the money raised by the organization in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon was retained by Jean for his own benefit.In 2012, Jean published his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant's Story. Along with Carlos Santana, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, Jean was chosen to perform the closing ceremony at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Their single, "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)", the official World Cup anthem, was released on April 29, 2014.
    • Albums: The Carnival, The Preacher's Son, Masquerade, Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101, Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant