I had intended to write a few general comments on this album to counterbalance the apathy it had received from the US Konpa scene. However, once I realised how much I had enjoyed Les Difficiles’ music over the years, I knew anything short of a full review wouldn’t do for a band that had
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I first thought this review would consist of a few general comments about Perle De Culture. But with each track I played, it was becoming more apparent that I couldn’t possibly do it justice in two or three paragraphs. And by the time I was half way through the album, I knew this was no ordinary record; I had no choice but to dig in and go for the special track-by-track treatment [Patent pending].
The tradition, in Konpa, of a lead singer leaving a group to form his own, is one that often assigns an unrealistic amount of pressure and undue expectations on that singer’s first project with his new group (see Ti Manno, Gman etc…). The past 12 months, we’ve had three defections of note:
Sharon Pierre-Louis is a multilingual Haitian-American fluent in Kreyol, American Sign Language, and conversational French. She is a classical/Opera singer and has 5 siblings, including a Deaf older brother. She discovered her love of acting after performing a Langston Hughes poem in the 6th
Model and actress Daylys may call Pennsylvania home, but she was born and raised in Haiti (she immigrated to New York in 1999). She is signed to the Hartland Modeling Agency and Wilhelmina PA. You may have caught a glimpse at her while watching such TV shows as “Deception”, “Royal Pains”, and “CSI New York”.