Richard Cavé took the time to answer questions sent in by HIP readers. Some were fun, some were about CaRiMi and some left us wanting more. Nou fin poze kesyon, kounyenya chita sou on ti chèz ba pandan mayestro a pale avèk nou.
If you really want the scoop from the horse’s mouth then click on the audio clips for more detailed answers.
Monika Lévy asks "If you were not Richard Cavé of Carimi who would he be now?"
“Sad, sad, sad… unemployed. I graduated in finance and probably all of the people that graduated with me (are unemployed). So probably right now I'd be at home looking for a job in a financial firm.”
Mimie Richemond and Alix Saintil say that people still miss the chemistry between Steve and Noldy on stage during the CaRiMi performances. What do you want to tell the public regarding this topic?
“Oh no, not at all. Noldy didn’t leave on bad terms at all. Noldy comes and plays with CaRiMi all the time… Pat gen okenn bagay konsa. Noldy told me straight up ‘I can’t do this life anymore… I have a kid, I’m having another one and I never see them.’ Noldy decided to go back to the studio every day. He loves music.”
“Ni Stanley, ni Steve, tout nèg sa yo… I was talking to Stanley yesterday.”
Listen to the audio clip to find out which musician Cavé admits did leave the band on bad terms.
Corhinn Brunot shares the sentiment of many female fans when she asks “Why are you so damn buff looking; all luscious and stuff?!!!!”
“In shape is for Carlo. One thing I do is watch my diet when I’m starting to get fat. There was a time I was 190lbs. The only thing I can say is cut down on rice, cut down on the bread.”
Ernoude Lainé would like to know if there are any solos in your future.
“Tout moun ap mande m sa. Menm papa m ap mande m bagay sa a… Maybe the next one you never know.”
Ernoude Lainé also says “at the end of the BUZZ video it said ‘To Be Continued’. What’s the deal with that? I’ve been patiently waiting.”
(Laughs) “I’m very mad about that because we did not put that (in) ourselves… I’m very sorry, it wasn’t us that did that.” Listen here for the whole story behind the “to be continued “ saga:
Emann Joasil wonders of you thinks Nemours Jean-Baptiste would be pleased with the turn Konpa is taking if he were alive today and the type of Compas CaRiMi is playing.
“He created something, you transform it; I’m sure he would’ve been proud. Asking if he would like it, love it, I don’t know. I can’t say that, but I’m sure he would be proud it still exists.”
Another question from Emann Joasil: “Should I expect them to crossover culturally? I would love to turn on my radio one day and listen to any Compas band on Z100 FM.”
“Labels are fighting to get airplay. It’s a long process. Fò premyèman yo ka konprann li. All the other artists that made it on Z100, the songs were in English. The United States, sitou on stasyon tankou Z100, are close-minded. So trying to do something totally in English maybe could work.”
Finally Ella Jewel wants to know what’s your best dish? I think many would love for you to cook for them.
“I cook different things.I even go to cooking class in the city. I love cooking mango chicken.” More info on his favorite dishes can be heard in the audio clip. “I don’t have one dish I (stick) to. I don’t have time to cook all the time so I’m very open. The fact that I live here and can take classes; I’m open to different things. You never know it’s something I can do after CaRiMi.” (Laughs)
Despite my cold-induced nasal -and sometimes garbled- voice and occasional wheeze-like breaths, Richard Cavé was kind, funny, umble and over all patient. It says a lot about the maestro that he still interacts and speaks directly to his fans despite the sometimes crazy encounters. So once again: Mèsi mayestro!
Interview conducted by Shadine Ménard exclusively for HIP Magazine. All pictures from Richard Cavé and CaRiMi's facebook pages.