A talented band has traveled far to share their music with Golden. Ti-Coca & Wanga- Neges from Haiti will be coming to the Spirit Square on July 29.
The band, which has performed in various European Countries, Martinique, the Domincan Republic and many more are currently on their first tour in Canada.
“We love to play because it is our contact with the world. We can sing about love, politics or anything and share it,” David Mettelus or “Ti-Coca” said.
The band have been playing music since they were children and say it is not only their passion but their culture. “I loved singing and it made me happy and I loved sharing it.”
For those who like to get involved with the performance, July 29 will be a date to note on your calendar. Ti-Coca & Wanga-Neges plays traditional and cultural music that they encourage the crowd to sing and dance to.
“People should expect to see us dancing and we want the public to dance too. It is like a party. There is so much joy. It’s song!”
The bands music is light and joyful with various instruments from their home country. “We can take a Michael Jackson song and play it with different instruments and interpret it into a whole new emotion. Our music is happy, we do not play sad music.”
Ti-Coca & Wanga- Neges promote happiness and love through their music, something that was needed after the tragic earthquake that hit Haiti.
“After the tragic earthquake, we didn’t have anything to survive back there because everything was destroyed. We have contracts with different places but everything was destroyed. It was hard to be a musician. When I say it was hard for musicians, I mean after two or three months there was no joy to do performances and shows. We went into camps to perform for people but it was hard. Countries helped by donating and offering their services and now musicians and Haiti are slowly being rebuilt little by little.”
It’s cultural music. It’s traditional music. Acoustic, Rythm, tradiontial that come directly from Haiti. “The band still counts their blessings though and say they are proud to be able to travel the world and share their music.
“We are very happy to be here in Canada. And we invite people who may already know about us and those who have not heard about us to come dance and perform with us. Come share our culture.”
If you would like to help Ti-Coca & Wanga-Neges, be at the Spirit Square July 29 at 7 p.m.