Claudette & Ti Pierre’s 1979 version of the folk song ‘Zanmi Camarade’ jumps straight out of leftfield. Haunting vocals are accompanied by a heavy drum machine and arpeggiated synth backing for a Kraftwerk-in-Port-au-Prince vibe.
Stockholm's Tropical Treats crew give the track the subtle edit treatment, bringing out the bass and rounding off the sound.
Claudette and her husband, the blind keyboard player Ti Pierre were – and still are- household names in Haiti. Touring a stripped-down synth/drum machine and vocal combo they recorded a string of hit records in the 70s and 80s that, although classics in Haiti, are little known outside.
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Ti Pierre is one of my songs again written in the 90's for fun. Ti Pierre tells the story of a man who gets married and his trouble with the mother in law. Funny sort of a song. I must add that all my songs were written by myself and produced by one person ionly in the name of Eric Appapoulay. They are the work of two people and are some of my achievements in life.