Compa

Origin

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Years Active

1992–present

History

Roberto and Reynaldo Martino, the sons of renowned Haitian lead guitarist Robert Martino of the classic compas band, Top Vice, were musically inspired by them to create music of their own. In 1992, T-Vice was founded as a successor to Top Vice, in which the T- is shortened twice, once from Ti’, then ultimately from the word petit, which is French (as well as Creole) for “small” (hence “Small” Vice). They soon recruited longtime friends James Cardozo and Gérald Kébreau completing the original quartet and are still known as such today.

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