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or kom·pa  (kōm-pä′, kōN-) or kon·pa (kōN-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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(Spanish komˈpas)
the rhythm of a flamenco song
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