The music of Haiti combines a wide range of influences drawn from the many people who have settled on this Caribbean island. Styles of music unique to the nation of Haiti include music derived from Voodou ceremonial traditions, Rara parading music, Twoubadou troubadour ballads, Mini-jazz rock bands, Rasin movement, Hip hop Kreyòl, the wildly popular Compas, and Méringue as its basic rhythm. Haitian music is influenced mostly by European colonial, primarily from the French, ties and African migration (through slavery). One unique form of Haitian music is compas (spelled as konpa in Creole), a complex, ever-changing music that fuses African rhythms and European ballroom dancing mixed with Haiti's bourgeois culture.
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