Robert Martino – Singer/Guitarist
At Early age of his career 1960 he started with his neighbohood band “Les Difficiles de PV” after a dispute with his band mate he left and moved by creating his own band “Les Gypsies de PV” with the assistant of Pierrot Al Khal. From 1972 to 1976 around that time the band had so many hit songs like “Haiti, Vrai Bohneur, fierté, pa colé… etc” that they became one of the top bands in the country. Robert left to the US leaving his Brother in law in charge of the band but as you know he never stopped working for the Konpa Fan, by 1977 he introduced the the public to one of the best bands ever SCORPIO. He was traveling around the Caribbean and the US with Scorpio cause they were on top of the chart. 1977 to 1981 it was crazy album sou album the rivalry started also with DP Express. 1982 he left to reside in the US in the years that followed we had so many Scorpios like Scorpio Fever, Scorpio universel, Scorpio D’Haiti, Scorpio la crème. He reappeared in force with the band TOP VICE. Robert has contributed in so many aspect of our Industry and Legend for the work he did over decades and counting.
Toto Laraque – Guitarist
Toto was born in Port-au-Prince on September 15, 1953. He began his musical career at the age of 11 and for Laraque, art was always a part of family life. In 1978, Toto, brother Jean-Jean, and Reginald Policard, founded the well known orchestra: Caribbean Sextet. Since his youth, Toto has been entirely devoted to solo guitar. Toto has composed some of the Caribbean hits, such as: Chat Fifi, Jolibois, (Toto), gague cock Madougou (Boulot and Toto), and staff: Konkou plastic body.
The Caribbean artist has played many shows in Miami and New York. In August 1998, Toto and his friend Richard Widmaier had the idea to host on June 1, the Magical Night of the Guitar, with 14 guitarists gathering. In June 2000, he was in Montreal playing at several clubs (Palm, Coconut Grill, Ramada Hotel … etc.). On August 2001, A new Toto cd `Guitarement vôtre“ was released and has had international success.
On March 16, 2002 in New York Toto received an award for his instrumental CD “Guitarement Votre“ and its music services in the USA. On July 1st 2001, Claude Marcelin, Pascal, and Toto Laraque played for 12,000 spectators at the Montreal Jazz Festival. On July 27 2001 they performed with Mano Charlemagne in the framework of Franco and it was a memorable evening. In July 2003 Toto was selected from about 200 guitarists to play alone for an hour and he performed brilliantly, playing his own compositions to an audience of 12,000 people at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2003.
In July 2005, he again took part in the Jazz Festival with trumpeter Eddy Brisseaux, and drummer Rudy Nau. Toto also shone at the Brussels Festival in Belgium in the company of Azor and Eddy Prophet. July 30, 2005, he accompanied Mervil Francofolies before an audience of more than 100,000 spectators on the main stage. From 2006 to 2013 he also played in France, Spain, Brazil to the United States, Africa etc. In 2014 and 2015 he continued these countries tours and celebrates 50 years of music with his band the Nostaljiks and receives a multitude of Honorary Plaques to promote his career. For 2016 he will present his Toto Laraque Quartet with its Tropical Music Cruise and his latest CD 50 years of music.