Nuz gave itself a mission: bringing to life the work of saxophonist Nemours Jean-Baptiste. Since 2006, Nuz has been spreading compa of pure tradition in Montreal.
The Nuz orchestra was born on a fine day in December 2006, deep in a Montréal winter, under somewhat special circumstances. A few friends were at a party for “guys.” What began as an unplanned get-together between a few friends turned, in the space of a few hours, into a musical ensemble that several years later became a harmonious group offering pieces with a flavour of kompa, a traditional Haitian musical style. Invented by saxophonist Jean-Baptiste Nemours, kompa comes directly from meringue (a Haitian version of Dominican merengue), giving birth some time later to its younger brother, zouk.
Nuz’s aim is to pay tribute to this famous master and to protect his heritage by offering a kompa worthy of its origins and history to the greatest number of people. And Nuz fulfils its mission perfectly: its music feels like sunshine, and it makes people want to dance, let loose, hum and smile – a communicative energy that’s good for the ears and for the morale.
Nuz consists now of Doumic Rosarion on vocals, Karl-André Joly on bass and conducting, Borno Lapeine on congas, Jean-Claude Joseph on drums, Lesly Joseph on keyboard and percussions, Nixon Charles on gong, Martial Méroné on guitar, Matthieu Langlois on saxophone, Rachelle Therrien on trumpet and Etienne Lebel on trombone.
Together, they succeed in bringing us to distant lands, where the sun shines, where dance is essential to life, where music has its own place and where kompa is king. It’s time to get on board!