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Top Masters Band & Bato Love Connection / Bio

Pierre Baltazar Normil (Bato Love) was born on a January, on the 6th day of the month in Arcahaie (Luly), commune of Vases, Haiti. He was the son of Paysan Normil and Derosaine Valin two citizens of the same locality. In 1969 while completing his elementary school cycle, he barely escaped from dying in the sea while the boat on which he was travelling capsized in the Gonave waters. 10 other passengers died drowned.

That was only a beginning in a series of 4 more incidents at sea in which the young Baltazar, again barely survived in close drowning situations. These unusual episodes in his life won him the surname "BATO" which in Haitian creole means "ship". But Bato, in spite of his surname did not become a water mariner. Instead he became a musician, learning to move the watery waves of the sound environment to enchant and move his listeners with the vibes of his voice and his guitar.

Bato Love, (as he came to be called) started early to play the guitar, offering free serenades to his friends and other lovers . He was always greatly appreciated by most young and adult in his community. But music was not his only endeavour. Bato Love was a young man who always felt the urge to develop as many talents that was in him. No wonder at very young age he became involved in the art of theater, acting in a small plays, while practicing football and the art of self defense (karate). Nevertheless, Music was always his favorite hobby and fishing his favorite sport.

It is in Port-au-prince, the capital city of Haiti that he met Rodrigue Belot, who was to become his Profesor of karate and Almagippe Belot, his professor of guitar. From 1969 to 1974, he completed his secondary school cycle in the Toussaint Louverture lycee of of Port-au-prince. While working at the "huilery caraibe" near the city of Saint Marc (1974 - 1975), he was to meet some other musicians, Ti Victor and Ti Kelly among others who were going to influence and help him shape his career as a musician. At this point in his life, he felt an irresistible impulse to perform as a bass player.

When in 1976 his cousin Pierre Luckner Normil invited him to serve in his community group "guitarloise", he was ready. This community group whose name comes from the three surrounding communities; Guiton, Saintard, and Lulylois (habitants of Luly) was very active in different social activities. Thus in July 26, 1976 was born the musical group "GUITARLOIS" whose members will set in motion the community project "PACS" (Project d'Action Communautaire de Saintard). It was to tell the story of these three localities who fusion to work together that the young Bato composed his first song titled "Devine" that he sang with his brother Pinzou. His performances as an artist were so much appreciated that he qualified to receive a scholarship to travel to study in Canada...There, his knowledge of music allowed him to be in charge of 50 Canadian and 50 Haitian musicians. Bato will always remember these 2 great evening performances he gave, one at CARAQUETTE and the other in MONTREAL (goodbye performance) with participants from 12 different countries.

From that moment on, Our dedicated artist decided to consecrate himself 100% to the development of Music and the Haitian art in general. He decided to go back to Haiti to work better after making a short stop in Miami to visit his family and friends.

1979, he left his natale community "guittarloise" to go in the north of Haiti to complete a study at "l' Institut Diocesien d'Education des Adultes" after which he returned again to his community. Meanwhile, the general situation in the entire country had become very politicised and polarized. Like many young haitians of that period, Bato had to leave the country to pursue his career.

1980, we found him in Jacksonville, Florida, studying business management. After completion, he became Executive manager steward with 68 employees under his supervision.

From 1989 to 2008 he worked at the Debray beach city hall as inspector (code enforcement officer)

Since 2007, Bato Love consecrates himself exclusively to the music production, performance and promotion of the group "LOVE CONNECTION".

October 2009, he moved to New york to pursue his fruitful musical career. A video compilation and a movie have been released. For more info you can contact the artist pierreb.normil@yahoo.com or his manager at ecleophat@radiomercureinternationale.com

General Info

Artist Name
Top Masters Band & Bato Love Connection
Home Page
Active Since
Other / World/Creole/Haitian / Konpa

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY
E. Cleophat 617-202-8812 / 561-305-1367