If you grew up in Haiti, you probably partipated in common kids’ play — Jwèt Papa Manman, which is a game that kids play to mimic romantic relationships between their parents. Boys would play husbands and girls would play wives. They would have adults conversations and pretend to be adults themselves. Sometimes, some kids would take it a little farther and try some adults stuffs. That’s how a lot of love stories begin in Haiti. Jethro Joseph, former lead singer of South Florida based Compas band Bizou, tells one of his love stories with Lanmou An Kachèt.
Jethro Joseph has been knocking on the doors of the Haitian Music Industry (HMI) for a while now. He started professionally with Bizou in 2003. He recorded two studio albums and a live album with Bizou, then the guys decided to dismantle the band to create Fuzion with Gabriel Laporte and Josua Bon Chwa, which didn’t last long. Then Jethro formed his own band Djazz Pam, which only lasted a year. Jethro took a break until 6 months ago, when he started to look at the business differently and started mini band, Antouraj, with keyboardist Clark Cajusted, guitar player Pino, and bass player Blemyr. They moved away from Konpa Dirèk and adapt a more eclectic sound in which they play Zouk, Kizomba, Reggae, and Compad Love.
“I would describe this song as telling a story that most of us have experienced at some point in our lives. I wanted to create a relatable song that would appeal to the listeners and fans and bring up these past memories,” explained Jethro. The video for Lanmou An Kachèt is currently being shot and should be released mid June.
The single was inspired by real life experiences that can bring nostalgia to listeners, as it describes the common plight of being young, in love, and restricted by parents. Lanmou An Kachèt was produced by Krezibeats, with well-known bass player Felder Antoine and Compas top guitar player Gabriel Laporte; Ed Pepper has also blessed the track with his guitar. The song also features talented female ainger, Rachel Dorvil whom graces the track with her fabulous voice
Si’w te grandi Ayiti, ou ka konprann istwa Lanmou Jethro sa pi byen. Lontan ti moun ki te konn bannen ansanm, yo te konn fe jwet Papa Manman, kote ti fi jwe ròl Madanm e ti gason jwe rol Mari. Yo pran yon ti kwen nan lakou a, yo meble’l menm jan ak yon kay. Yo eseye fe tout bagay romantic e pale menm jan yo konn wè paran yo pale, yo itlize menm langaj yo. Manman fè manje, pran swen piti, ranje kay, e lave. Papa menm al travay pou pote kòb nan kay la.
Paran yo kite jwèt Papa Manman jwe, men toujou ap siveye paske yo konnen alimet ak gaz pa melanje, dife ka met pye! Donk kom Manman ak Papa se nan kache yo fe lanmoun, menm nan jwet Manman Papa a, timoun pwofite fe “lanmou an kachet”. Nan fè lago kache pou ka fe Lanmou An Kachèt. Nou tout te pase ti moun e se depi nou piti nou komanse renmen. Pifò istwa Lanmou Ayiti kòmanse konsa. Enjoy Lanmou An Kachèt pandan nap fè Lanmou An Kachèt.