At first look, the new kompa band Rafrechi seems too young to know how to keep the kompa maché, but the band has been convincing the public of its musical maturity. With a mixture of hip-hop and reggae, the band is creating a new generation of fans across Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York, Florida, Boston, Haiti, and even beyond with its album Eske’m Pare.
Refrechi emerges with a new blend of kompa. With his baggy jeans, oversize belt buckle, and the way he grabs the mic, the young Pierre “Kiki” Jodnerson, struts on stage with a hip-hop swagger as he leads the band. By his side are second singer Gary Bruno and Cedryc Lafontant with vocals and keyboard. Mickey Walker, the most versatile musician, leads the band and works magic on the keyboard. Pierre Vico Alcindor makes a name for himself with his impressive guitar licks. Nixon is on percussion, Roody Volcy is on congas, and Harold Mindron and Mario Germain are on drums.
The band’s popularity is on the rise in the U.S. Refrechi has already played with many major musicians and has plans to travel to several key cities in the U.S., Canada, and Haiti to promote its music. Refrechi’s sound is a mellow, steady kompa with a hint of R & B and reggae.