com·pas or kom·pa (kōm-pä, kōɴ-) or kon·pa (kōɴ-pä)
A form of popular dance music that originated in Haiti, characterized by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, medium to fast tempos, and electronically amplified instrumentation.
[Haitian Creole konpa, from Spanish compás, beat, rhythm, from compasar, to divide into musical measures, from Vulgar Latin *compassāre, to pace off; see COMPASS.]
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