Originally a group of seven musicians, L'Orchestre septentrional d'Haïti - affectionately called Septen - was formed in 1948, with the fusion of two small orchestras. Now with over 60 albums to its credit, the Septen is Haiti's oldest orchestra, and has been a part of the country's musical landscape since its modest beginnings. Pioneers of Haitian music, they have resisted musical fads throughout the years by creating their own brand of beats and rhythms, spawning their nickname of Ball of Fire. In 2004, the orchestra welcomed a younger generation of musicians, bringing refreshing new sounds to the group's repertoire, such as konpa, bolero and meringue. In 2009, filmmaker Whitney Dow released the documentary Septentrional: From the North, showcasing six decades of music.