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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. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. 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.