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Jean Gesner Henri was born in Leogane, Haiti on May 10th 1925.
Jean Gesner Henri was known as Coupé Cloué, a nick name he acquired as a result of his prowess on the soccer pitch (coupe means cut, and cloue, nail).Inspired by Cuban bolero and son, he began to perform as a guitarist in Port-au Prince in 1951.
In 1957 he formed Trio Crystal which was later renamed Trio Select. They played their own version of twoubadou music in the clubs and parties of Port-au-Prince. Twoubadou is a style of music based on the sounds brought back to Haiti by Haitian cane cutters who had worked in Cuba.
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