MIAMI — Thousands of fans of Haitian compas music, the up-tempo music driven by conga drums that has served as a link between scattered Haitian communities worldwide, will converge on Miami Saturday for the 10th Haitian Compas Festival.

“Compas is like hip-hop for Americans. It’s like salsa for Cubans, like merengue for Dominicans. It’s our national music,” says Harrys Latortue, who plays compas during his daily “BJ Live” radio program in Miami.

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