After the release of this album in 1975, Volo Volo de Boston became one of the leading TOP 5 Haitian Bands leading the charts in the Kompa category. The reason for this was very clear. The album was a "smash hit" featuring six hit songs: Caresse, Amour Volo, Hep Camarade, Riviem Simalo, Piece Nan Do and Regrets. A FORMIDABLE REALIZATION.
The band toured extensively during that period traveling here and abroad with 2 lead vocalists: Rico Mazarin and Ti Manno. There were also Hans Felix, guitarist and band leader; Laud Jn Jacques, Keyboard; Eddy Charles, Jersaint Charles, defunct Moise on Sax, Serge Fleury, Eddy Catan and Fritz Felix. Emmanuel Charles, whose picture is not featured on the front cover, also played bass guitar on one or two songs and was the former sax player prior to Moise for a couple of years.
(In retrospect, this band started back in 1969 in the boston area under a different name Haiti Combo . To make a long story short, there were other musicians who gave their time and effort in the making. Their names are too long to mention. But, the following name cannot go without mention: Eric Breneus a formidable lead vocalist, perhaps not as popular as he really should be, contributed a lot of energy and time to this group before the arrival of Ti-Manno and Rico Mazarin. He truly was the Nelson Ned for the Haitian people during those years in the Boston area performing weekly at the memorable " La Selecte Club, on Blue Hill ave )"
These guys were dedicated and relentless. They were HOT and were wanted everywhere. But, their first offer for a big tour to Haiti caused a schism amongst the members. Some agreed to go and some did not agree. But, their decision to accept this tour was proven to be premature as it was catalystic to their first break up... Unfortunately, for a couple of the members, it was a horrible experience as their lives were exposed to much danger when it was time to return home to Boston. As they say in Kreyol " Apre Fet Tambou Lou " which could be translated as "After The Party, The Drums Are Heavy".....
In all candor, everyone suffered consequently including their fans around the globe. Noone was happy about this break up..... Thus, it was destined to be and so it was..... The group was divided.....Ti Manno, Rico Mazarin, Eddy Charles, Moise and Fritz Felix were all gone as a consequence of that decision. This division also marked the end of that synergy.
The band was re-grouped thereafter within a year with new members: FEQUIERE LUCIEN, LEAD VOCALIST; CHRIS BAZILE, LEAD VOCALIST; EDOUARD SALVANT, RYTHM GUITAR; PRESSOIR DESRUISSEAUX, PERCUSSION and Emmanuel Charles on Sax again.
The group practiced religiously with a passion for a few months to ensure an outstanding performance as their re-appearance was long overdue. Their first concert was sold out indeed at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. It is a historic night needless to say. Not long thereafter (1979), the group released their 2nd album called, LA NATURE.
La Nature was noticeable for its new sound which ot only featured the new members, but also featured a new horn section which constituted a Trombone, Trompette, a Tenor SAX and an Alto SAX. It was a new era. The kompa industry was changing as such. Other bands were already featuring the full horn sound and in order to remain competitive, it was inevitably the right thing to do.
La Nature featured songs were; La nature, Do It, Serenade Compas, RARA and Fe kow sekwe, (Baby let's dance). Volo Volo de Boston enjoyed continued success with their new release in the Kompa category.
In 1980, The group put together another album labeled: NOU NAN ROUTE . This album featured five songs: Nou Nan Route, Zanmi, Minouche, Melodie and Manman. This album featured 3 hit songs in it that rocked the charts. They were Nou Nan Route, Minouche and Melodie. With these songs, Volo Volo de Boston enjoyed continued success and began traveling abroad to places like Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyanne Francaise, Paris, Panama etc... where these songs are heard.
Following the aforementioned albums were: 14 karat Gold which featured Hit songs like (Bagaille la dominem), Gacon Pale, Party, Stephanie-- Vive Compas featured great songs like, Caresse, Lagem poum vole, Respekte Publik etc....and a host of other albums that can be viewed at the following site and other sites as well::
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Fequiere Lucien, Lead Singer, Song Writer, Composer
Joseph Laine ( BLAGUEUR ) , Lead Singer
Hashimoto, Trumpet & Trombone
Francois St. Preux, Lead Guitar, Composer
Gersaint Charles, Bass Guitar
DEPART DE : YVES CHRISOSTOME BAZILE (CHRIS), WILHEM COLAS, GUY GONDRE
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A nice kompa from VoloVolo de Boston in 1975
let's see what the net says about this one:
Boston might not sound like a Haitian music center, but it has certainly produced some fine bands. This one was always popular with those in the know. VoloVolo's ballad-oriented lead vocals are balanced by arrangements with strong salsa overtones, along with nice guitar. The second album listed, a self-release made in 1975, is presumably the band's first.
This album featured the voice of the legendary Haitian vocalist,
In the early 70’s he migrated to Boston and with Ricot Mazarin was part of the Volo Volo of Boston.
The ensuing years, he was catapulted in a mega star stature in “David” album. His voice was raw but passionate. His lyrics were simple but honest.
This mover of people became a social phenomenon.
In 1981, he left the D.P. Express and founded the Gemini Express. With songs like, Lajan O, Neg Kont Neg, Eksplwatasyon, Realite, Banboch Kreyol, Se pou nou Prye, Men Kontre, and So Tye Mond, Ti Manno became bigger than life. Ti Manno was singing for the masses. He gave voices to their struggle, their hopes, and their pains.
Ti Manno died on May, 13 1985, in New-York and remains as one of the high-octane mega-stars in the history of Haitian music.