Richard Duroseau, former accordionist of the Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste, former keyboardist Skah Shah # 1; Albert Chancy, cofounder and first maestro Tabou Combo Pétion-Ville; André Dejean, former trumpeter of Déjean Brothers, David Metellus, alias Ti Henrio and koka (Boulo) Valcourt awarded at the National Palace.
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, during a ceremony at the National Palace, President Martelly honored five Haitian music personalities, elevated to the rank of National Order of Honor and Merit, Grade of Knight, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Haitian music. The awardees were: Albert Chancy, cofounder and first maestro Tabou Combo Pétion-Ville, Richard Duroseau, former accordionist of the Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste, former keyboardist Skah Shah # 1, André Dejean, former trumpeter of Déjean Brothers, Henrio (Boulo) Valcourt, and David Metellus aka Ti Coka. While delivering his speech for the occasion in the presence of the Prime Minister Evans Paul, the President has said that the contribution by these honorees should inspire today's youths to enrich the Haitian culture.
Here is a picture of the group Tabou Combo when they just started playing together. This picture came from one of their earliest music albums.
In this picture, you see the members seated from Left to Right: Paul Gonel in accordion, Serge Guerrier as vocalist of the band, Albert Chancy the lead guitarist and also band leader, Yvon Ciné in the bass.
On the other hand, Standing from Left to right, we see: Roger Eugène alias Shoubou as vocalist, Yvon Andre in the percussion, Adolphe Chancy in bass, Yves Joseph in the percussion/drums, Herman Nau in the trap-drum, Jean-Claude Jean, Alias Kòk, playing 2nd guitar.