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"Caribbean Sextet " 1977-1996. History

Photos Courtesy Réginald Policard.
Historical background provided by Reginald Policard to Manny Ardouin, Francois Adrien & Frankie Morone.

Narration Frankie Morone, Edited by François Adrien & Manny Ardouin. Album released in Feb 2009.

In the mid 70's a band by the name " Bueno Sunshine" played every Friday night at the "Ibo- Lele Shango Lounge". The musicians were Jean- Jean Laraque, Robert Martino, Alix Corvington and Montreuil. The very talented keyboardist Reginald Policard, after completion of his studies in New York City returned to Haiti on July 1976. The Shango Lounge was one his favorite place to relax and, he was occasionally asked to play the piano with the band. The attendance at Shango was more than desirable on those Fridays.

As the year was ending and the holidays around the corner, Jean-Jean Laraque learned over the radio that another band was given the gig to play at the hotel Ibo Lele New Year's Eve party. He called Reginald Policard and both were extremely disappointed. After a long conversation, the idea came to form another band. Jean-Jean Laraque's brother (Toto) was contacted, and he agreed to be part of the project. Other musicians contacted were: Kiki Coupet (vocals) and Alix Corvington(Bass). By December 28, 1976, the Caribbean Quintet (name chosen by Reginald) was officially formed.

A few of months later, (Feb 1977) "Caribbean Quintet" began to play at the famous "Dind a Ling" club. It didn't take long for success to come their way. Unfortunately a few weeks later, Toto Laraque (guitarist) became ill and Boulot Valcourt was called to temporarily replace him. Around the same time, Kiki Coupet decided to emigrate to the US and Yves Jeudi (Alias Tarzan) became the new lead singer. The "Caribbean Quintet" was then composed of 1-Réginald Policard, 2-Jean Jean Laraque, 3-Yves Jeudi(Tarzan), 4- Toto Laraque who came back and began to play again, and 5- Alix Corvington. (Bass) . A few months later, the quintet decided to record a few songs and Maxime Castera joined them as a special guest at the conga for that first recording. Many songs were recorded but one of them "Tripotage" a beautiful tune composed by Reginald himself, was played several times at Lionel Benjamin's show on Radio Metropole one of the leading radio station in Port -au - Prince and became a hit.

Things were moving very well for the "Caribbean Quintet". Gaguy Depestre a great musician decided to return to Haiti.On July 3rd, 1977, he went to "Ding a Ling night club" for an evening of relaxation. Of course the famous "Quintet" was performing there as usual. Gaguy was deeply impressed by a song called "Dominique" composed by Réginald for his fiance. He loved it so much, that he decided to get his flute and requested that they play it again so he can accompany them. It was such a beautiful interpretation that at the end of that evening, Gaguy Depestre was invited to join the group. The "Quintet" then became "Sextet".

1- Reginald Policard - Maestro, Keyboard.
2 - Philippe Laraque(Toto) - Guitar
3- Jean-Jean Laraque - Drums
4- Alix Corvington - Bass
5- Yves Jeudi (alias Tarzan) - Lead Singer
6- Gaguy Depestre - Tenor Sax & Flute

The great "Caribbean Sextet" no longer formally exists, but the fans are very proud of that group and, to this day enjoy listening theirs recordings and some hits such as " Dominique"- " La chatte de Fifi" -" La person" just to name a few. Toto Laraque whenever he plays his guitar and the microphone at the same time he is simply " funny ". He is not a singer so to speak but " Caribbean Sextet" goes with his voice. His lyrics flow vividly and natural. If you do not believe me listen to "la revanche de Jolibois". One cannot listen to that song or " Madougou" and not have a hearty smile on your face when he " sings".

"CARIBBEAN SEXTET " WAS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF.

We are inviting you to take a look at some very rare and interesting pictures courtesy of the Maestro Réginald Policard. As usual your comments are greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to post one.

  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    9 years 1 month ago
    Musicians of the Caribbean Sextet.
    Gade photos ! souvenirs fe kikin. Pikliz.com pa guin kou we ou !
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      3 months ago
      Gro musiciens neg sa yo te ye, yo te gin Sito Cave ki te kon kompoze pou yo tou.. Gro zafe net leur yap jwe Petion ville Nan Ibo lele, min nanpoin jazz te konn di betiz konsa. Antouka Paix à ton âme boulot Valcourt wa va fe St. Pierre Rire leur rive anle à. Min pas bayo blag chat fifi à non, ya flankew deyo. Reposes toi bien mon grand frère!!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    4 years 9 months ago
    Jean Alix Laraque.
    Yes,  indeed   you  are  right  my  friend  whoever  you  are  I  know  Rekin  I  had  seen  him  performing  in Puerto  Rico  overthere  they  called  him  The  haitian  shark  because  whe  he  plays  it  is  like  he  is  eating  the  drums  or  timbales  and  Los  boriquas  love   him   deeply  ,and  it  is  too bad  that  most  Haitians  dont  know  him  if  you   see him  give  him  the  Love!
  • Rekin (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Jacques Fatier
    Mr Jacques Fattier another great trumpeter, he left France and established himself in Haiti loved to eat his L'arbre a pain, tassot, marinade and even bouillon from the market. Also passed away in a car accident few years ago. May he rest in peace.
    • BATOMAX (Private)
      7 years 8 months ago
      ce vieux jacques Fatier, j'ai joué avec lui dans un orchestre de bal dans les années 70 en France : On rigolait beaucoup tout en jouant des Standards de Rythm'n Blues (Otis Redding, James Borwn, etc. . .) Un trés bon souvenir de musico !
      A ton souvenir, Jacques !
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    7 years 9 months ago
    Joel Widmaier, Drums
    El bonito joven muchacho.
    Le beau petite garcon.
  • Rekin (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Rupert Sterling
    This brother was a great trumpeter, an American born who left usa and established himself in Haiti. unfortunately died of the virus 10 years ago, he loved Haiti, may he r.i.p.
  • Marie F. Del rio(P.R>)Haitian (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Gaguy Depestre.
    Gagy A brain of his own a Genious, well I heard that Rekin was going to donate him some instrument to teach the disavantaged musicians in Haiti to teach them latin rythms especially horns instruments because Rekin said we lack great Horns players because thes instruments are very expensive that he had them to creat a new breed of Horns musicians that he was tired of seen Extranjeros/ Foreingners doing so ,ask Gaguy if you think that lying or Toto laraque. T his shark is a real Full Haitian even he expresses himself very well Spanish, French and Papamiento.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Lionel Benjamin.
    Lionel the classic guy, unique en son genre.
  • Jn jak (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Pianist Réginal Policard.
    WOw Reginald policard one of Haiti 's great pianist i called him the Haitian Jobim.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Jean Alix Laraque.
    Guess what guys? Jean was a grat percussionist
    one of the haitian drummer who knew how to play Timbales except Tico Pasquet and my favorite percussionist "Rekin/ The shark guys I know what I am talking about I seen Rekin playing with Tabou combo In ti Kapi place without practice that brother is bad Rekin speaks spanish just Puerto ricans and play Latin just like them, guess what I just found out
    he plays Piano, Trumpet, Trombone and Sing in 4 languages and sell instruments of any kind. Surprisingly, he is putting a band together that is going to gaye terrain, those who know Rekin you going to see Rekin like you want him.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Musicians of the Caribbean Sextet.
    Pikliz thanks you for teaching these me about these pix " cause I never knew about these moments although i talk to toto quite oftenly but seeing these photos bring back good memories.
  • Ernst (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Le public s' amusant follement au son de groupe Caribbean Sextet.
    Mr. Policard, most of the musicians of your group the caribean sextet are still alive. Therefore I was wondering why don't you guys regroup yourself to give us your fans a last taste of the dolce vida. skah shah did it, the gypsies, les freres dejean not too long ago, why not the caribean sextet. A project with cd and dvd there are so many people i believe who would like to sit down in their living room and watch you guys performing. Think of it, I think a lot of your fans just like myself would like to see that happens. Just a suggestion Ernst
  • Ernst (Private)
    8 years 5 months ago
    Alix Corvington, Reginald Policard, Toto Laraque  & Jacques Fatier
    Reginald Policard, ce gars la a un talent extraordinaire. Jusqu'a nos jours je n'arrive pas a me rassasier de sa musique. Un vrai cadeau a la musique haitienne.
  • ralph germain (Private)
    9 years ago
    Eddy Brisseaux & Alix Corvington.
    Autant que je me rappelle, Eddy s'est aussi fait remarquer dans le groupe DIXIE BAND vers les anees 87-89...
    Mon che,mwen paka blye bel variasyon yo,ou menm ak David(2e trompette/batteur)
    Ainsi, je deviens fameux indirectement,car j'ai joué avec Eddy et lui, a evolué parmi de grandes vedettes musicales...lol
    Ralph ,auteur/poete
  • Ralph Germain (Private)
    9 years ago
    Eddy Brisseaux & Alix Corvington.
    "Tout est homme est mortel,or Socrate est un homme..."
    J'ai pas eu la chance de danser le Caribbean Sextet,mais j'ai pu savourer ses plus beaux morceaux entre 83-85...Ma fierté est encore plus grande qd je vois la photo de Eddy qui savait nous donner un coup de main à la fanfare de la Crx-des-Bquets surtout au cours des Fêtes nationales d'alors(moi, clarinettiste)...Désormais,ils feront partie de mon répertoire.
    Ralph Germain,auteur de EVITEZ DE BLESSER LE COEUR...
    /(786)443-4081
  • 9 years ago
    Jean Alix Laraque.
    My father...my legend...thank you for posting these pictures..