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Toto Bissainthe


With her deep, theatrical voice set to traditional rara rhythms often performed by simply bass and percussion, Haiti-born Creole vocalist Toto Bissainthe introduced the music of her homeland towards the international stage. The BBC praised her when planning on taking “an experimental method of her island’s traditional drum and vocal music, creating an exciting and, occasionally startling, mixture of relentless grooves and shifting ballads.” Departing Haiti following the nation was bought out by dictator Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier in the first ’60s, Bissainthe spent a long time surviving in exile in Paris. Bissainthe made an appearance within the Raoul Peck-directed film L’Homme Sur Les Quais (THE PERSON By the Shoreline) in 1993.

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Full Name Toto Bissainthe
Died June 4, 1994, Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality Haitian
Music Songs Lamize pa dous, M'pa Gen Zanmi Ank'o, Simbi Andezo, Papaloko, Souflé Van, Soley danmbalab, Papadanmabalah, Rasanbleman, Ibo ogun, Ti Lorai Kale, Ou Soti Pos Machan, La misère au soleil, Haïti, mon pays, Pa Blie, Ou Lage Kow, Rastakwet, Ayzan, Se Bon, Ezili, Ayiti, M'pa Renmen'w Enko, Tezin, Nous gouvernerons la rosée, Fam Se La Ren Soley, Resembleman, Fam se Ian ren Soley, La case de l'oncle Tom, pt. 2, La case de l'oncle Tom, pt. 1, Dey, Chante, Twapa, Supermarket, Berceuse
Albums Rétrospective, Vol. 1, Toto Bissainthe chante Haïti, Toto Bissainthe rétrospective (Chanson française et haitienne), Haiti
Movies The Man by the Shore, Haitian Corner, Black Girl, West Indies

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L'homme sur les quais 1993 Camille Desrouillere
Haitian Corner 1987 Mother
West Indies 1979 Soeur Marie Joseph de Cluny
En l'autre bord 1978 Dorothée Bancel
L'homme au contrat 1974 TV Series Sarah
Bajazet 1967 TV Movie Zaire
Black Girl 1966 Diouana (voice)
Le théâtre de la jeunesse 1963 TV Series Cassy
Checkerboard 1959 Bessie Vance



Le cercle de minuit 1993 TV Series Herself

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