met With Lesly Benoit Jr Whose Music Drove New
York Cray in the Eighties. Lesly is now Older
Wiser and Ready to take the Compas Scene By storm....
Once Again. Here he is for Your Pleasure.
CC- Please introduce yourself to our
fans ? To someone who never heard of you how
would you describe yourself and your music ?
Hi CC, my name is Lesly Benoit Jr, but known
on stage as " Zo de Ti-Lesly". I'm
actually an entertainer and musician, but more
of an entertainer.
is your favorite Compas Artist ?
like a lot of groups, but my favorite artist
is Sweet Micky.
CC.- What style of music influenced you most ?
really was never into compas until I heard of
Micky and that's when I wanted to also play
music and entertain people.
CC.- Do you have kids ?
I have 3 boys.
CC.- Who are the members of your New group ?
now it's Tantan formerly of Lakol and myself.
The rest is a surprise.
CC.- What can we expect from you and the group in
the near future ?
are working on an album for now and are preparing
to play live also. It's gonna be a fusion of
2 different styles as you can imagine.
CC.- A message to the children ?
your dreams and don't ever let anyone discourage
CC.- The Internet is now considered the fastest Way
to reach a bigger audience , How do you intend
to take advantage of this media ? Have you gotten
any contract as a result of your Internet presence
i'm actually very involved in the internet and
I have met a lot of international artists thanks
to my own website know as Cadence des iles.Com
CC.- Is there anything you would like to say to the
looking forward and I'm very anxious on getting
back on stage since I miss them very much.
CC.- Who do you think is the greatest musician or
group of this decade ?
far as musicians I will say Ansto Mercier and
Robert Martino. As far as group, I will say
Sweet Micky and System Band.
CC.- Live CD's are everywhere now. Any opinion on
the practice ?
think it's a good idea if it's done properly
and in good taste. It gives the public a taste
of what to expect when they come to a party
do you think is your greatest achievement ?
it's my family. As far as musically, they have
not seen the best of me yet.
CC.- What is Your greatest disappointment ?
dont really feel disappointed with my past.
I don't have any regrets because I see everything
as a learning experience.
CC.- Where do you see yourself in 10 years ?
my life with my family.
CC.- If you were President for one day what would
you do ?
rid of all the "magouyeurs"... Peace
would come after that automatically.
CC.- What is Your Latest release ? how many albums
have you released ?
am actually working on a new release now. I
have not put out my own album yet.
CC.- Sweet Micky,T-Vice, System Band seem to dominate
the Compas scene? How do you view them as entertainers
are all great entertainers and are doing a good
job in their own way each one of them.
CC.- How do you describe your relations with other
am a very friendly and easy going guy. I have
no problems with anyone out there.
CC.- Do you work with other groups, exchanging ideas
and experiences ?
I do. I'm always giving advice and ideas to
people out there.
would you associates these names with ?
Zo. a. Cubanno - vocal superstar
Wyclef Jean - mega star and producer
c. Nemours Jean Baptiste - the one and only
original king of compas
d. Loubert Chancy - great sax player
E. Sweet Micky - Greatest entertainer.
F. Eddy Francois - real DEEP man
G. Guy Durosier - (don't know much about him)
E. Jojo Lorquet - NO COMMENT
F. Robert Martino - Guitar Legend, " pa
gin pareil "
H. Ti RoRo - (don't know much about him)
I. Ti Manno - no comparison, # 1 writer and
composer to date.
J. Dadou Pasquet - real musician and composer
K. Hermann Nau - great drummer
CC.- Haitian music receives very little international
do you think can help bring Compas & Haiti
to an international audience?
Zo. #1 we need to stop this fighting with each other
and work together.
#2 we have to be able to write in english and
use new sounds.
is slowly becoming a very popular style, given
its roots, why
do you think compas still fails to reach a similar
level of popularity?
Zo. Because the sound is more up to date then compas.