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Herman Nau co-founded the legendary Haitian konpa group Tabou Combo. Facebook photo

He energetically kept the beat for one of the most acclaimed Haitian musical groups of all-time. The influence of his band, Tabou Combo, stretched from Haiti, across Latin America and to far-reaching corners of the globe like Senegal and Japan. 

Herman Dominique Nau, Tabou Combo’s drummer and co-founder, died at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on July 25. He was 73. 

An array of media personalities and music stars like Wyclef Jean mourned Nau’s passing, recalling the influence of Tabou Combo as a global ambassador for Haitian konpa music. The Flatbush resident will be honored by friends and loved ones in Long Island this week. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.