Haitian music legend Herby Widmaier, a singer-composer who started his musical career in the late 1950s died on April 27 at his house in Port-au-Prince. Considered a music legend by many for his contributions not only to Haitian music, but to Haitian broadcasting, Widmaier was born in Port-au-Prince in the 1930s. At thirteen, he had built his first radio. He was a popular star at El Rancho, and performed there regularly at the beginning of his career.
He was part of Issa El Saieh’s band, and sung lead on several records. Among his recordings was the jazz-inflected “Woman in Love”.
Mushi and Joel, two of Widmaier’s sons went on to follow his musical footsteps and formed a band called Zekle in the early 1980s.
Widmaier’s father Ricardo Widmaier owned a radio station, and with this exposure, he learned about technical aspects of radio. He later created his own radio station Radio Metropole, which is still operated by Richard, one of his sons.
The deceased’s funeral will be held at a church in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. He was 84.
Condolences and sympathies to his family and other loved ones.
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