On Bob Marleys heavy track Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), the reggae legend implored listeners to forget your troubles and dance. It often isnt that easy, when the ends seem impossible to make meet and the cost of living is skyrocketing. The people of Haiti have known desperation, hunger, and suffering, and in recent years the food crisis has gone from bad to worse. Thats why this years Haitian Compas Festival will take a page from Marleys book: Fans of the islands music are invited in vast numbers to Bicentennial Park to unite, raise funds, and collectively forget their troubles and dance.
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This years fest has expanded its musical horizons to encompass all of the genres of Haitian music. Headliners include the hottest compas, racin, and rara bands. Expect to see Djakout Mizik, Kreyol La, Mizik Mizik, T-Vice, and the legendary Magnum Band and thats just a few of the scheduled performers. Besides all of that, therell be comedy by two of Haitis most popular jokesters, and everyone is encouraged to bring cans of food. The promoters have promised to match all food donations and ship the whole shebang back home to the people who need it most. The musical fun begins at 4 p.m.
Sat., May 17, 4 p.m., 2008