Yvon “Kapi” André began his musical career at the age of sixteen, as part of Haiti’s most celebrated band Tabou Combo that has been active for over four decades. As a percussionist, vocalist, and songwriter, André has been instrumental in connecting international audiences with Haitian music for the very first time.
Indeed, French audiences bought over a million copies of their 1974 hit, “New York City.” Observing the music’s global appeal, André the group became the first Haitian band to tour through Japan in 1990, and have served as both official and unofficial ambassadors of Haiti’s cultural traditions ever since.
Versed in piano performance, music theory, and jazz, he began his solo career with the Afro Caribbean Project in 2006. With this project, André released four full-length albums: Ceremony 2006, Respect 2008, Magic Haiti 2012, Heritage 2013 and soon to be released "Mizik sou Brooklyn Bridge" Adding his unique style to the arrangements, the project draws on the rich Haitian repertoire, pulling from folk songs, Vodou rhythmic and vocal elements, and classic compositions that are deeply resonant from listeners. Through the success of gus solo artistic venture, the Afro Caribbean Project morphed into one that promotes celebration, education, and promotion of Haitian culture to audiences in South Florida.
The Haitian Heritage Preservation Inc. ultimately aims to keep young Haitian-Americans in constant dialogue with the country’s history both at home and its Diaspora through performance of its rich songbook presented in a modern setting. With Kapi and friends, he was able to gather a group of dedicated musicians to perform materials from his solo projects and so far it's working just fine.