♣ Photo & narration by Frankie Morone.♣
Agoci Band is a group of talented Haitian musicians that combines fresh hip-hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas. Lead singer Rol'hans Innocent, the maestro, is a pioneer of Haitian arts who believes in the healing power of song and dance. He passionately sings and choreographs dances about the joys and struggle and the plight of the Haitian people. Peter Stoopack said that “He has a love affair with the audience”.
Agoci Band is mainly based in the New York metropolitan area. The band consists of bassist Bobby Raymond, guitarist Edouard Richard, pianist Herline Florival, drummer Alix Saintil, percussionist Brunel Touseul, Calixte Jean on the tumpet, Garry Alertea on the clarinet, Shelo at the trombone. Lastly, the lead singers consist of Rol’hans Innocent, Yves Valcourt, Fabienne Innocent and Sperencia.
I am taking this opportunity to mention that Bobby Raymond, Edouard Richard and Alix Saintil have previously worked together. In 1980, they were the backbone of the musical group "MYSTIK" which undoubtedly altered the Haitian musical path and ultimately gave rise to the "new generation." One of the results was Zèklè, and the rest is history. Can this feat be repeated with Agoci? We certainly hope so.
About a week ago, my good friend Alix Saintil sent me a very special invitation to that event. Honestly, last Saturday's soiree at the Adria Hotel was one of the greatest parties I have ever attended. At 9:30 PM, Agoci's troupe was eloquently introduced and immediately after performed several short plays. They were accompanied by several drummers and a few horns players. Needless to say that the audience was in awe of such a beautiful performance.
By 11:30 PM, the Agoci Band got on the stage. Thirteen extremely talented musicians kept the audience in a state of shock. The sound was excellent. I'd like to mention that they only played their original music. They were "maitre" of their instruments. After setting the crowd ablaze for nearly two hours, it was time to have dinner.
A diverse palette of well seasoned typical Haitian food was served.
The second part of the soiree was even more sensational. There was a series of short plays, comprised of dancing, singing and storytelling. They really touched the soul of the audience who applauded them loudly several times.
Alas, as you know, all good things must come to an end; it was a wonderful and unforgettable night, full of with Haitian culture. I do not regret one bit going.
I am taking this opportunity to share a few pictures of that lovely evening. As usual, your comments are very welcome.
Agocy can be reached at 347- 600-6389. For further information, you also can visit their website at www.agoci.net They are also on facebook/agoci.
Thank you so very much for the visit.