interview was conducted at the beautiful Olofsson
Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Carnaval
2000 in exclusivity for Compas Central. A lot
of the big names in Haitian music were in town
to be part of & experience Carnaval 2000.
The Carnaval was great this year' and was a
very happy event for everyone there. We had
the opportunity to met Michael Ralph who goes
by the name of Baby One King and the other members
of masters of Haiti. Masters is an example of
the new revolution in Haitian music. Groups
and artists are popping up everywhere like mushrooms
in the wilderness and often produce very interesting
music. Such is the case with Masters who has
given a new twist to this rap movement. It has
very interesting harmonies and musical ideas
and a lady singer " Lady R " who is
da bomb! ? She sings pretty well... This band
is very popular in Haiti and its CD “Fon pale”
has received positive reviews from the press
and the public in general. We must add Baby
One King is a great guy an ambitious and very
hard working individual.
Hello Baby One King! How does the name Masters
of Haiti came to exist.
BOP (lead, background vocals and writer) and
I were band leaders of “Original Rap Staff “.
We left the group. We have being practicing
and playing together for over two years now.
We named it Masters of Haiti because people
said we were masters of this new movement, Haitian
CC: Your first
album “Fon Pale” received great reviews and
good acceptance from the public and the media.
How do you feel about this?
We had worked very hard for this and we trust
Jesus Christ so we know it was going to be like
CC: Do you have a plans for a remix, a solo project
or a new album?
We are going to do a new CD with Masters. I
am working very hard on it now. I am thinking
on re mixing “Fon Pale” entirely in English.
We are looking to exploit in the International
market and we are confident we will. My solo
project is going to be Rap, Reggae, Ragga, maybe
one Kompa and some Zouk.
CC: Are there any plans to tour in the USA?
We are working on that. We have a lot of demand
to play there. It’s very hard for us because
of the immigration legalities. We hope to find
some one that believes in us and help us to
get our music to the community there.
CC: What can you tell us about your music?
I talk about the realities of Haiti. It’s problems.
We must fight to solve the problems in the country.
We talk about the bad things they do in Haiti.
We also talk about spiritual music because we
have life and when you have life you have to
give glory to Jesus Christ. You see we come
from the church. We must give thanks to God.
CC: I have heard that you used to sing with Wyclef
Jean in the choir at a church here in Port-au-Prince.
It’s only a rumor. The reality is we made one
concert together at Ibo Lele in Petion-Ville.
It was the Fugees, Digital, Sweet Mickey and
us. I know Wyclef personally and artistically
very well. I used to listen to Rigaud Duverne.
Which is Gospel, spiritual music. Wyclef used
to play guitar with him long time ago.
CC: Carnaval 2000 has just finished. How do you
feel about it?
It is a party for all the people.
CC: This Sunday morning we were at the cathedral
in downtown. It was filled up with lots of beautiful
children wearing their school uniforms. When
they began singing psalms and hymns we were
in awe. It was beautiful and hard to describe
what we felt there. I think our souls and hearts
were moved to the extreme. What message do you
have for them and to all those children in the
I said to them keep on singing to Jesus Christ
because is the only way. It is my dream to sing
only to Jesus Christ. It is the life. I say
to them keep doing the right thing.
CC: I see we would see you in Gospel very soon.
Do you feel Haitian music has become more popular
and what it needs to become so?
Yeah. The producers don’t do marketing for kompa
or music so it stays down. Kompa is going to
be great when there are good producers and good
CC: Do you like Zouk music
Yes I like it very much. It is very sweet. I
like Tony Chasseur, P. Martelly, Patrick St.
Eloi, Jacques D’abaud, Erick Virgal, Franky
Vincent, Erick Bouta and T. Martelly.
CC: Wwhy do you think Zouk has become more popular
work Well and very hard. They have good producers
and do good marketing. They know the market.
They work real hard and spend money. The product
they present to you is very good. They respect
the law. They collaborate together.
CC: Which artists would you like to collaborate
I would like to work with Red Man, Jay-Z, Bustma
Rhytms, Method Man, Wutang Clang.
CC: What about in Raisin and Kompas?
I would like to collaborate with Eddie Francois
from Boukman Guinin. In Kompa I would like to
work with Sweet Mickey, System band, D’Zine
and Zenglen. I would very much like to do so
some work with Gracia Delva.
CC: I hope you will. It will be awesome! Those artists
are very dear to me too. Who is your favorite
MC Janik from Antilles, Gregory Isaac and Bob
CC: Are you planning to continue recording in Creole
No, English and French. We are looking for a
producer to have it done in all three languages.
CC: If you were President of Haiti what would you
I would build many schools, Universities, houses
for the people, many hospitals and churches
to praise Jesus Christ and help people trust
in Jesus Christ.
CC: I have heard people said you are going to be
very successful. Are you?
Yes. My music is already very popular in Haiti.
People know me, they write my name in the tap
taps and my music can be heard everywhere.
CC: Thank you very
much Baby One King. We would like to wish you
great success and a long career in music. Your
final thoughts for the public please.
Keep on praying for the world. We need to pray
because you know we have got to save the world.
Praise Jesus. I would like to find a big producer
for my next album. Thanks to all the people
that had supported me, that hear our music and
thanks to you guys. Peace n love ya all. One
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PS: I would like to take this opportunity to give
special recognition and thanks to Richard and
Lunise Morse and their staff at the beautiful
Oloffson Hotel in Port-au-Prince' for their
kindness, friendliness and help they provided
us while we were there. We also enjoyed the
beautiful sounds they provided every Thursday
through their internationally known Rasin group
“RAM” To them, to the Carnaval committee, government
officials and specially to the people, our sincere
thanks. You made our stay in Haiti’s Carnaval
a truly unforgettable experience!
Interview conducted by Pavel Patino for Compas