If music is synonymous with competition, it also rhymes with a panic crisis in the Haitian Music Industry. Ever since the band Zafem came out in a virtual concert in 2020, people have been anxious to see them live. But with live performances taking a back seat due to Covid-19, band members Dener Seide and Reginald Cange took three years to release the album LAS. 

With its captivating journey into various Haitian music genres that gives ZAFEM a melodious, catchy sound, the album instantly struck fear in the hearts of all major bands. After their long-awaited grand premiere at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, ZAFEM’s performances have been sold out – in New York, Florida, Boston, Atlanta, Ghana and Dubai. Even in Haiti, at the Gelee Festival in Les Cayes in July, the band commanded a massive amount said to be around $100,000 USD. Woyyy! 

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Ralph Delly is an award-winning music and entertainment journalist with extensive experience covering the Haitian Music Industry and the Haitian-American community. He has worked in Haiti and the United States at such media organizations as Radio Metropole, WNWK/107.5 FM, Radio Soleil d’Haïti and The Haitian Time – where he penned the popular “The Delly Dish” gossip column. Dellys has worked with numerous artists in the HMI, including Zin, Lakol, Phantoms, Zenglen, Sokute, Jam, See Well and 509 – to name a few. Delly graduated from Carlos Albizu University of Miami and City College of New York (CUNY)