KAPI SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON BEING A PERCUSSIONIST "Whether it’s a “gong”, piano or any instrument for that matter, a musician remains a musician. Haitians in general have that misconception of anyone playing percussion instruments. This percussionist (yours truly) is a fine and proud musician who happens to play piano and sing as well. As a reminder Tito Puente was mainly known as a percussionist but yet he got his degree from the prestigious Juilliard school of Music. Having said that, it is about time that you folks stop having that wrong misconception of percussionists. Shoupit from Mizik Mizik proved you wrong and I hope I did too
R.I.P. Shoupit you were the best
R.I.P. Boston from Nemours Jean Baptiste orchestra.
I love you both.
By Yvon Andre
It was in 1968 when then fifteen year-old percussionist Yvon Andre, known to all as Kapi, became a member of Tabou Combo. Back then the young musician had to sneak out of his family's home in Petion-Ville to play with the band due to the fact that his parents were determined not to let their son become a musician. However, his love for music was too strong to be stopped. Kapi said he could have become anything, but he chose to be a musician because he loves music. It is that love that has motivated him to stay with Tabou Combo for so many years. Kapi is not just a percussionist; he's also a pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Kapi has penned many of Tabou's hit songs. He has also written most of the band's Spanish songs including FIESTA and PANAMA QUERIDA. The latter he co-wrote with Fanfan. Kapi said his most memorable moments as a member of Tabou was in 1998 when he traveled to the Ivory Coast to receive a lifetime achievement award on behalf of Tabou Combo, and again when RFO (French radio/television) honored Tabou Combo in Martinique; those, he said, were historical moments. "READ MORE
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