Almost everyone who listens to Haitian Music would agree that Jean E. Telfort (Cubano) and Roger M. Eugene (Shoubou) are two living legends in the HMI. Their styles and phenomenal popularity have given them an important standing in the Caribbean community. It is not often that these two stars get to share the stage, but when they do, we know that we are in for a special night. On Saturday, June 10, 2012, Skah Shah #1 and Tabou Combo Super Star were live on stage at Hollywood live, in Hollywood, Florida. It was what we expected: a mind-blowing musical performance of all time.
Cubano and the Skah Shah opened the show with their hit song Santiman, followed by Haiti, Macho man, Ozanana, Caroline and closed with Men Nimewo a. It was nothing short of a great performance by Skah Shah or Cubano and friends.
At 2 AM Tabou Combo Super Star and Shoubou took the stage and unleashed the power of their electric guitar and uncompromising compas rhythms. With songs like Aux Antilles, New York, Happy birthday, Exile, Zap Zap, Eight Sacrement, etc., Tabou Combo has managed to keep its fan on the floor the whole night.
What really got my attention that night was not the music, but the mutual respect, friendship, camaraderie and level of admiration that exist between the musicians of both groups, particularly between Shoubou and Cubano. Throughout the night, Cubano would not stop calling out Cubano’s name and verse versa. Shoubou invited Cubano on the stage and they performed Tabou’s hit song Haiti Cheri together. Later that night, Cubano showcased his talent by playing percussion. It was amazing. These two stars competed against each other for decades, but they somehow managed to remain friends. It is something that our new generation of artists should learn from.
Skah Shah # 1 and Tabou Combo have been around for over two decades and their fan base is just as strong as ever. Their repertoire of songs surely bring back lots of memories to many followers. This is the reason why they are considered as two of the best Haitian bands in the Industry.