Richard Morse

Haitian-American musician and hotel manager

Richard A. Morse is the son of Richard M. Morse, an American born historian and scholar who specialized in Latin American affairs, and Emerante de Pradines Morse, a Haitian born artist, teacher, choreographer and recording artist.

Richard graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a degree in Anthropology and shortly thereafter formed a new wave/punk rock band called Groceries. In 1984, he spent a year renovating The Palladium in New York City with Steve Rubell and moved to Haiti in 1985.

Richard took over the lease of the Hotel Oloffson (made famous in Graham Greene's The Comedians) in 1987 and formed his current band, RAM, in 1990. RAM has toured Haiti, St. Lucia, The Dominican Republic, Cuba, England, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, The Isle of Jersey, The United States, Canada and Chile. He has a song on the platinum selling soundtrack album Philadelphia. Richard has survived at least 22 government changes while living in Haiti and have provided a "from the trenches" viewpoint of Haiti since the late 1990's.

Richard has a wife, Lunise Exume, and two children, Marie Isabelle and Richard William.