Roger Colas

  • Birth: January 6, 1937
  • Birthplace: Quartier Morin, Haiti
  • Genre: Folklorik
  • Year Active: 1955-?


 Roger Colas, born in Quartier Morin on January 6, 1937, is known as singer, and soldier, artist paint, and tailor. Freres de l’Instruction Chretienne, and Lycee Philippe Guerrier , and College Oswald Durand are the institutions that have shaped his poetic mind. He first performed publicly at Lycee Philippe Guerrier. In 1953, he attended Lycee Petion of port-Au-Prince. For some unknown reasons, Roger dropped out and joined the Haitian Air Force.

In 1955, in a performance at Eden Cine, he was so impressive that Hulric Pierre-Louis, Septent band leader right the way recruit him. Roger himself instantly traded his destructive rifle for a more loving microphone. And for the next 20 years, Roger was one of the figures that morphed Septent into an international phenomenon. Beside his seducing voice, Roger was also a great song writer. From his first composition “Pase Cheve to Oublie-Moi, we can always detect his poetic sensibility and and his super phrasing. Fe pam (kaporal) illustrates the immensity of his storytelling faculty. Most of Roger songs concentrate on philosophical songs about love, money, health, happiness, and meaning of life.

No one can dispute Roger,s natural talent; however, his work ethics was unbelievable. Roger can spend hours practicing and interpreting various singers of different nationalities and style. He could at ease imitate Frank Sinatra, Agustin lara, Daniel Santos, Lucho Gatica, Bienvenido Granda and Guillermo Portabales.

Erzuli, Rien que toi, Face a l’autre, Ne pleure pas, Yaya,Tendresse, Ayibobo, Esperame ,Manman Moin, Marie Louise,Vierge des Vierges, Gisele, Noel au Cap-Haitien, Fredelyne, and Sa ou te Kwe out e fe are a few of the many songs that are part of our being.

However, Roger will probably be best remembered for his life approach. Roger was not exclusively Septent musician, but a universal performer. Whether it is Sicot, Nemours Diables bleus, Des Jeunes, Ambassadeurs, Freres Dejean, and Anacaona, Roger would walk to the stage, pick up the microphone and start singing. And Roger had even sung with Tropicana, a rival group. Perhaps he was one of the few that understood that music, in his purest form transcends trivialities and little local rivalry. In sum, Roger is considered as one of the best male vocalists of all time. Roger died in a car accident on September 14, 1986, and is survived by eight children.

Paul Sanon

Source: Haitian / American Sports and Education Network