Masters of Haiti’s addictive national dance music, compas—a mix of brass-fortified Dominican merengue, quadrilles from colonial France, and lyrics in Creole, Spanish, English, and French—Tabou Combo is a national treasure, revered for their infectious, carefree musical cocktails. Together since 1968, the 12-piece band commands dancing with a bright, brisk sound, pairingcompas with Carnival music, voodoo drumming, and a healthy dose of island pride.
This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries of R&B and world music. Past performers have included Maceo Parker, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Odetta, Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam, and The Spinners. These lunchtime performances are held at MetroTech Commons, home to NYU-Poly's Brooklyn campus.