Miami’s definitive guide to Haitian Compas Fest

Attendees dance to the music during the Haitian Compas Festival at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 16, 2015

After 18 years, Miami’s Haitian Compas Festival is now a two-day event this year at BayfrontPark.

But no Haitian Compas Festival is complete without the parties, where Haitian music fans can hear their favorite bands and strut their best moves on a dance floor.

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So to help you keep your social calendar straight during the biggest party week in Haitian music, here is a list of events for you. Some are official Compas Festival parties and some like the Ayiti Deploge, Wyclef and dISIP concerts and Madame Gougousse Haiti Cup soccer tournament finale are simply organized around the two-day festival.

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But whether your preference is konpa (Harmonik), racine (RAM) or Rabòday (Marinad007), the offerings are many during what’s being hailed as Haitian Music Week.

Here is your Miami.com guide and oh, pace yourself.

Ayiti Deploge

This pre-Compas Festival party, Ayiti Deploge, is being hosted by Comcast’s Island TV personality Nadia “Brwnsuga” Bowen and Boston-based radio personality Sanders. It’s a chance to hear artists give their own unique acoustic interpretation of songs.

9 p.m., Wednesday at Moca Cafe and Lounge, 738 NE 125th St., North Miami. Cost $25; 855-736-7420 or www.eventbrite.com

738 NE 125th St., North Miami

Sweet Micky - Harmonik - NuLook

Former Haitian President Michel Martelly who resurrected his “Sweet Micky” persona and music career after leaving the presidency in 2016, returns to Cafe Iguana in Pembroke Pines for this official Compas Festival kick off party. Joining him are Nu-look and Harmonik.

Doors open at 10 p.m., Thursday at Cafe Iguana Pines, 8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Cost $40 in advance. Info: 305 945-8814. Tickets at  www.eventbrite.com

8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines

Emeline Michel at Haitian Flag Day in Miramar

The songstress Emeline Michel will be a special guest at the city of Miramar and Consulate General of Haiti in Miami Haitian Flag Day celebration.

8 p.m. Thursday at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar. Admission is free but on a first come, first serve basis with a copy of this voucher,  miramarculturalcenter.org

2400 Civic Center Pl., Miramar

Sounds of Little Haiti

WYCLEF performs during the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach, Global Music Festival, celebrating the 100th Birthday of the City of Miami Beach, on Thursday March 26, 2015.

Wyclef Jean, Kreyola and Dat7 celebrate one year anniversary since Little Haiti officially became a neighborhood at this Sounds of Little Haiti celebration.

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212-260 NE 59th Terr., Miami. Cost $15 donation.

212-260 NE 59th Terr., Miami

All Black Affair

Compas Festival’s official All Black Affair returns to Club Space in downtown Miami with four bands and two rooms. The line up includes Harmonik, KLASS (pictured), T-Vice and KAI.

Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. $40 in advance at 305-945-8814.

34 NE 11th St., Miami

Djakout #1 vs. RAM

If intimate setting and Haitian roots music is more your preference, than Djakout #1 vs. RAM is your other official Compas Festival party at Moca Cafe.

 

Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday, Moca Cafe and Lounge, 738 NE 125th St., North Miami. $30 in advance. Call; 305-945-8814 for tickets.

738 NE 125th St., North Miami

Compas Festival - Day 1

Attendees dance to the music during the Haitian Compas Festival at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day 1 of Compas Festival at Bayfront Park. The line-up includes Tabou Combo, T-Vice, Djkaout #1, Nu Look, Steph Lecor, Revelation Mizik, Kreyol la, Backy, Big Fa, Ada, dISIP and TPO, which will close out the show.

Showtime: 3 to midnight, Saturday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Cost $40 in advance. Call 305-945-8814 for tickets.

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Compas Fest - Day 2

Guerlins Dareus dances to the beat of performers during the Haitian Compas Festival at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, May 16, 2015

The line-up includes Tropicana, 509, RAM, KLASS, Izolan, Nicky Mix, Harmonik, Born 2 Serve, Tony Mixx, Nadia Faubert, Marinad 007, Untouchables  DJs, Deejay FMA, DJ Queen, Darline Desca.

3 to midnight Saturday at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Cost $40 in advance. Call 305-945-8814 for tickets.

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Madame Gougousse Haiti Cup

Rara Lakay, band at The Madame Gougousse Tournament Finals, at FIU North Campus on Sunday September 11th., 2016.Alex Fodere

If you prefer some soccer with your konpa than maybe North Miami Stadium is more your cup of coffee. The 17th Annual Madame Gougousse Haiti Cup soccer tournament finale and concert featuring some of the top Haitian konpa bands, dISIP, Gabel, T-Vice, Djakout #1.

 

Game time: 5 p.m. Sunday, North Miami Stadium at Florida International University’s grounds, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami; Cost is $20.

3000 NE 151st St., North Miami

Compas Festival After Party

You’ve survived the parties and two days of Compas Festival but you still can’t get enough of konpa. Then Cafe Iguana in Pines is back where you want to be for this official Compas Festival After Party featuring KLASS, KAI and Mikaben, and Kreyol La.

Doors open: 10 p.m. Sunday at Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Cost $40 advance. Info: 305 945-8814.

8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines

dISIP

It’s the beginning of new week. Your feet and waist hurt, but you still have a bit of energy for one more lap around the dance floor. Then why not check out Bouyon Night with dISIP and guest Kennyway.

Doors open 10 p.m., Monday at Moca Cafe and Lounge, 738 NE 125th St., North Miami. Cost $20 advance.

738 NE 125th St., North Miami

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