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|Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:58 am†† †Post subject: RAFRECHI: THE KM INTRODUCTION INTERVIEW!
|They hail from MARYLAND, and with the release of their latest single "ESKE", people are starting to pay more attention to them. KOMPA MAGAZINE interviewed RAFRECHI (Micky Walker) to see what the "real deal" is about the group.
1) Tell us a bit about the group RAFRECHI and how you guys got together?
RAFRECHI: Rafrechi really started with our current managers John B and Wooley gathering up some local musicians to jam. They had Cedryc, Kiki and Gary and had a pretty good thing going. At the time, Trankill was playing in the DC area with Jean Gardy and I until Sweet Micky scooped Jean Gardy up to be his guitar player. When Gardy left Sweet Micky about a year later, he and I went to a Rafrechi practice to jam with the guys. We had such great chemistry that we joined the band within a week. Mario Germain (former DP Express bassist) joined soon after. The rest is history!
2) What style of music would you categorize yourselves as playing? If you were to choose a current HMI group on the market that you sound the closest to, who would it be?
RAFRECHI: Since everyone in the band comes from three different generations, the mixture just brings a new flavor of Kompa. We have tried to incorporate an R&B flavored Kompa groove with a mellow, siwell touch. I feel that itís different than most of the kompa out in the streets now.
2A) You guys are based in Maryland, that's not exactly an HMI hotbed with no disrespect intended. Will that be a disadvantage?
RAFRECHI: Of course we have a disadvantage because there arenít as many Haitians in this area when compared to New York or Miami. The biggest problem is that there are no real promoters in the area willing to look for a good, steady location for a Kompa band to play. If we had a nice local club to play at every week we could gain a much larger fan base here which would eventually create a buzz in the HMI.
We are working hard despite this setback and wonít let it stop us. I feel that we have a good product and the public will like it! From there we will prove ourselves live!
3) You guys know how hard it is for a new band to break into the market. What makes you guys think that you might be the CHOSEN ONES?
RAFRECHI: I donít know that weíre ďthe chosen onesĒ, but I know we have a good product to offer. We are a band that will appeal to many people, young and old, and I hope that will help us lure the right people in the business to back us upÖ We are going to be sending CDís to all the big promoters and producers and hopefully they will see something there and be willing to take the initiative to help us advance!
4) Do you believe that the HMI public gives a fair chance to unproven/new bands? Why or why not?
RAFRECHI: I believe it about a 50% split. You have those who give groups constructive criticism and then you have those who want to do nothing but bash new bands. If someone doesnít like a certain artist or song, thatís all good but give a reason why.
5) Your musical influences are.....
RAFRECHI: Man- I have so many. Ansyto definitely tops the list along with Fabrice R., YuYu, Mario Germain, my father, Reginald Policard, Makarios, Nicky, and many more. As far as drummers are concerned, Shedly and Richie top my list. The HMI has and always had many amazing musicians, most of which never got the respect and admiration they deserve.
6) Convince a fan that knows nothing about your group WHY they should give you guys a chance to win them over.
RAFRECHI: I would tell that fan to give us a chance because itís time for a new flavor in the HMI. Harmonik did a GREAT job bringing a new flavor to our beloved Kompa, and I feel we have the ability to do the same. Take time to listen to our CD before you push us to the side only because weíre new- you might just be pleasantly surprised.
7) The state of the HMI in 2008 according to you is.......(Fill in the blanks). Tell us why.
RAFRECHI: The current state of the HMI is a bit volatile. It becoming a huge money maker and people are beginning to realize it. You have way too many people trying to become promoters or producers without any background in the industry. We need only the best in order for our music to ever have a chance to eventually cross over into different markets. We also need a few risk takers to open up nice Haitian clubs to hold parties. Letís stop making foreign club owners rich and keep the money with our people!
RAFRECHI: First I would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity, congratulate on your more than successful career and wish you success in the future. If there is anything we can do for you just let us know. As for the fans, we want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their patience, love, and support. We promise them that we will not disappoint them and the new album that is coming out in November of 2008 is a tribute to all of them. I look forward to seeing them in our next Rafrechi event
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