ELEMENTS, Makaya's second album has finally arrived. Five Montreal musicians pay an acoustic and jazz hommage to the Creole musical heritage : David Bontemps, piano, Jude A. Deslouches, guitar and singing(song), Nicolas Bédard, double bass, Cydric Féréol, gwo ka, Emmanuel Delly, conga drums. This opus, produced in Montreal (at Studio Piccolo) contains eleven tracks, including the single 'Gwog Mwen’.

One of Haiti's highest mountains, Makaya is also a Montreal-based creole jazz quintet. Nominated in 2010 for the TD Grand Jazz Award, and winner of the bronze medal at the Syli d'Or World Music competition in 2007, Makaya released an eponymic record in 2009. With a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Makaya will release the album Elements in February during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, confirming its position as “a real hope in Creole jazz” (Yves Bernard, Le Devoir).


Piano, Guitar, Voice, Doubble Bass, Congas, Gwo Ka, Percussion

“Makaya is a real hope of Creole jazz”, Yves Bernard, Le Devoir, 2007.

“Their blend of Afro-Antilles jazz is nothing short of SIZEABLE!” Festival International Nuits d'Afrique, 2007.

“In geographical terms, Makaya is one of the highest mountains in Haiti. In musical terms, it's an avantgarde Montreal quintet with an impressive self-titled debut album.” Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, 2010.

“A first album made in all sincerity with a small budget and with a lot of ingenuity recalls the unique atmosphere installed by the American group Oregon in the early 70's [...] Makaya is a band that will go far, very far!” Dan Behrman, Magazine Son&Image, 2010.



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