Guy Durosier

  • Birth: Mars, 1932
  • Birthplace: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
  • Genre: Mini Jazz
  • Year Active: 1950-?

Biography

Durosier Guy Guy Durosier, born in Port-Au-Prince on Mars 1932, is known as one of the most versatile Haitian musicians of all time. He is a singer of great range and talent, an excellent saxophonist and a multi- instrumentist. He learned the rudiments of music from his mother, Francine Petrus. He attended St-Louis Conzague High School and was part of the institution School Band. Because of his mother, at an early age, he was exposed to musical geniuses such as Dodof Legros and Francois Guignard.

Under the leadership of Issa El Saieh, he made his professional debut with Ernst Nono Lamy, Tiroro, Raoul Guillaume, Kesnel Duroseau, Alphonse Chico Simon and Lumane Casimir. While playing for Issa El Saieh Band, he was lucky to acquire more musical knowledge from Bud Johnson, a great American saxophonist and the American pianist Billy Taylor. From those two, Guy learned the techniques of arrangement and synchronization. Thereafter, he became the band arranger. Guy co-wrote Ma brune with Raoul Guillaume. Then, he starred in many bands such as the international “Sonora Mantacera, Orchestre Riviera of Degrottes and Edner Guignard.

After acquiring enough experience, he founded his own band. And by 1955, he was a renowned guest at Pan Americanism Festival in Florida. From that point on, Guy became an ambassador and performed in many North American cities such as Washington, Seattle, Vancouver, and New-York, California. Thereafter, he returned to Haiti and produce Machann Chabon which became an instant hit. In 1959, ill-ease with the new Duvalierist regime, he self- exile to Paris.

At Paris, he befriended Edith Piaff, a famous French singer. In the 60’s after touring in Europe, Africa and Asia and performing at magisterial places such as Carnegie Hall de New York and Olympia of Paris, the sky was his limit. Then he published Avec Nous, in memory of Matin Luther King, Haiti, c’est toi que je prefere, and Si w al an Ayiti.

Eventually, Guy was allowed to return in Haiti and his performances at Capitol, Cabanne Choucoune and many other places were sold out. But Guy got carried away in the Duvalierist fever and in 1971, sang with tears in his eyes the prowess of Francois Duvalier and his angelic manners. On the one hand, some were furious and have never forgiven him for this unscrupulous act.

On the other hand, many grant him forgiveness and consider him as one of the most gifted vocalists of all-time.

Paul Sanon