Decès du Composeur et Musicien Issa El Saieh

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Decès du Composeur et Musicien Issa El Saieh

Post by T-dodo » Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:08 am

[quote]Décès tôt mercredi matin à Port-au-Prince, à l'age de 86 ans, de l'un des plus célèbres auteur et compositeur haitien, Issa El Saieh
Posté le mercredi 2 février 2005[/quote]

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Thank you

Post by admin » Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:13 am

Oh, what a loss!

Thank you, Jean-Marie for reporting this news in such a timely fashion. I hope to see some extended commentaries about the life and legacy of this Haitian music immortal.

<a target=_blank href=http://haitiforever.com/winterludes/z-iss.shtml>Windows on Haiti invites you to listen to a selection from Issa El Saieh</a>

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Post by T-dodo » Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:56 am

Guy,

The link did not allow me to listen to the music. Although it has a nice picture of him, all I could do was downloading Windows Media Player, which I already have. Would you please check its connection again. I would like to listen to some pieces of his music. I am sure I have not done that for quite some time now.

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Post by admin » Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:05 pm

Jean-Marie,

I am going to WORK HARD to allow you to listen to it, but there is no guarantee that I will be able to finish the work today. The link is not broken, but it only works for those who use the IE browser. If you are using Netscape, Mozillla, Opera, or Firefox, you will not be able to listen to the music as it is currently presented.

Since IE (Internet Explorer) was the most dominat browser and that 95% of folks out there were using some version of IE, I felt that I was safe to take advantage of some features, unique to IE.

However, the dominance of IE is currrently threatened. There is a new browser out there, which is superior to IE, in my opinion, in practically every which way. That's FIREFOX ( www.getfirefox.com ). I have already recommended it to my readers on this very forum of Science and Technology in http://haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1723 . The only
downside for me, so far: you cannot listen to my great music links. ( You must not have tried, or must not have bothered to tell me about, ALL THE OTHER GREAT MUSIC LINKS which I have compiled for your happiness in the Music and CD Reviews forum. )

So, given the facts that we have begun to witness a general retreat from IE (until Bill Gates decides to stop resting on his laurels and catch up to the real needs of internet surfers) and that an esteemed colleague like you, Jean-Marie, cannot listen to the great Haitian Music in my Winterludes section, I have no choice but to go back to the drawing board and provide a universal way to listen to the music.

But until I do, in the meantime...if you can bear to open up your Microsoft Internet Browser included with Windows (and do not forget of course to turn on your speakers), you should still be able to listen to some wonderful music from the great Issa el Saieh and his masterful musical interp
retations, which are at the core of our Haitian Musical Heritage.

I think that will solve your problem (Antoine nan Gommier is a family member). If not, let me know, but I bet it does!

When I am done making the music accessible for all (or nearly all), I will let you know.

Guy

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Post by Jonas » Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:14 pm

Before there were Nemours Jean Baptiste and Weber Sicot, there was ISSA SAIEH ET L'ORCHESTRE DU CASINO INTERNATIONAL.

When you tuned to RADIO COMMERCE (the then station of the government), that was all you heard.

Yes, it's a great loss, this guy produced some of the classics of Haitian Music.

Que la terre lui soit légère!

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Post by T-dodo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:27 am

Here is a more detailed obituary by Alter Presse

[quote]P-au-P., 3 févr. 05 [AlterPresse] --- Le célèbre auteur-compositeur, trompettiste et clarinettiste, Issa El Saieh, s'est éteint à l'hôpital du Canapé Vert, à Port-au-Prince, ce 2 février, à l'age de 86 ans, a annoncé sa famille.

Saieh, passionné de son art et d'Haiti, laisse derrière lui une carrière fulgurante dont l'un des temps forts a été la création vers les années 40 du Grand orchestre portant son nom et au sein duquel il a cheminé jusqu'en 1951. Ce groupe dont il fut le maestro a eu des échos non seulement en Haiti, mais aussi à l'étranger.

Issa El Saieh a su montrer à l'époque que la musique traditionnelle haitienne pouvait côtoyer avec succès le caractère enjoué de la musique cubaine et l'harmonie moderne découlant du Jazz, sans rien perdre pour autant de son essence.

Les recherches d'Issah El Saieh ont servi de référen
ces à plusieurs générations de musiciens haitiens et ont été pris en exemple par plusieurs compositeurs et chercheurs dans des démarches de création mettant en valeur les éléments fondamentaux du patrimoine musical haitien.

Issa Saieh fut l'une des figures emblématiques de la musique haitienne à se produire le 27 juin 1998 au « Lincoln Center » de New-York.[/quote]

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Post by T-dodo » Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:54 am

Guy,

I opened WOH via my IE browser. Lo and behold, I was able to listen to Haiti by Guy Durosier with Saieh's accompaniement. I was waiting to listen to more, but unfortunately there was only one song on the sample. I want to thank you for making it available to us. After listening to it, I now want to go back and have a second look at the music of this era, which for many reasons has since been abandoned to the chagrin of Serge. I will address that in response to Serge's excellent comments on Saieh and the music of that era later, when I have more time.

Jean-Marie

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Post by admin » Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:04 am

Jean-Marie, you are discovering WOH's features little by little. Every time, you go to the link, you can listen to a different track of the album (at random). You can do this as many times in a row as you want. Okay?

I don't let people listen to the entire album at once, by just clicking once, because there would be much less incentive for you to buy the album then. One of my objectives is to get people to go to their favorite Haitian Music store and buy for themselves the music they hear on Windows on Haiti. It's not like I get any part of the transaction when they do that. But in a different life, not too long ago, I was the Chairman of the Haitian Musical Heritage Foundation (HMHF), in which Serge Bellegarde also participated. One of our objectives (among a few more that were even more ambitious) was to educate Haitian people about their music, in a way that would boost the production and preservation of our varied musical genre
s (not just Konpa) . It is in that spirit that I created http://www.Winterludes.com. Please explore it with your IE browser, until I make it universal. There is a great wealth of music there. And remember, every time you click on a CD icon, you will get a different sample. That's Windows on Haiti's magic.

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