It was hot. It was muggy. I was sweaty, and so was everyone else. It was the kind of weather that even breathing made you sweat profusely. I figured if I’m going to sweat anyway, I might as well make it count and dance all night! I was dancing to Compas with a live performance by Nu-Look at SOB’s. The night was not planned. When my old friend from Haiti (shown in the second photo and several others below) messaged me about it, I immediately accepted. It was so great hanging out with her again. It felt like we didn’t skip 13 years without speaking or hanging out with each other. Everything continued as it did before we separated when I moved to the states. She’s extremely open and goofy like me, so that only makes sense!
I haven’t been to a Compas soiree in a long time. Actually, I still listen to the genre at home, but I’ve been more focused on roots and reggae lately. Meaning, I’ve been listening to a lot of Belo. And I’ll never stop listening or attending Emeline’s shows. These two have been my only sources of Haitian music. They’re simply the best! I don’t think I would normally find out when a Compas band is playing and go watch them perform unless a friend approached me about it. But I had great fun. It felt good to close my eyes and sway to the familiar sounds of lakay.