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Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou (CD/2LP, Heavenly Sweetness, 2016)

The famous band from the French Antilles in the 60s/70s is back with a new compilation, to be followed by a tour all over Europe. Selected by leader and saxophonist Camille Sopran'n, guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Décimus (with some help from tropical DJ Hugo Mendez, among a discography of roughly 20 albums published since 1967, this best-of of what would next become Kassav and zouk music recalls the great era of the blazing Vikings de la Guadeloupe, between kompa, kadens, funk, reggae and disco, announcing some heavy heat on tropical dancefloors this summer!
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #1 - may/june 2016 issue

Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou
Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou
(CD/2LP) Heavenly Sweetness Records, 2016-05-27

Tracklisting :
01. Ambiance Vikings 2:28
02. Assez palé 2:48
03. Rumbo Melon 3:30
04. Gadé douvant 4:44
05. Ti tong ti tong 3:44
06. Let's Stay up Vikings 6:11
07. Ahi na' ma 7:04
08. Souvenirs 5:29
09. Retour au pays 7:24
10. Zagalakatéléman 8:04
11. Ka nou pé fé 6:56
12. Claro que si 5:36
13. Magdalena 7:27
14. Mikolasie 4:58

Links :
Les Vikings dela Guadeloupe : discogs | enmemetemps | facebook
Heavenly Sweetness : official | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Review (in French) :
Le célèbre groupe des Antilles Françaises des années 60 et 70 est de retour avec une nouvelle compilation suivie d'une tournée dans toute l'Europe. Sélectionné par Camille Sopran'n, saxophoniste et leader du groupe, le guitariste Guy Jacquet et le bassiste Pierre-Edouard Décimus (avec un coup de main du DJ tropical Hugo Mendez), parmi une discographie d'une vingtaine d'albums pressés depuis 1967, ce best of des grands frères de Kassav et du zouk retrace les grandes heures des flamboyants Vikings de la Guadeloupe, entre kompa, kadens, funk, reggae et disco, et annonce de grosses chaleurs sur les dancefloors tropicaux!

Press Release :
The comeback of one of the most important French Antillean band of the 60's and 70's!
A compilation plus Summer and Fall european tour!

The Vikings were Guadeloupe's first true rock stars. They embodied the same spirit of liberty and anti-conformism as Led Zeppelin in 1960s Britain, The Impressions in U.S. soul around the same time and Ornette Coleman in the jazz world a few years earlier.

They might not play out-and-out rock, but these young hipsters with their unorthodox dress sense reinvented the music of the tropics and shook up its conventions to such an extent that their songs still sound like the soundtrack of a society in the throes of radical change. Their popularity went through the roof after their debut gigs at La Cocoteraie, one of the trendiest clubs in the Gosier area of Pointe-à-Pitre.

Then the music of the Vikings will follow and customize all the major trends in world music, combining traditional music with funk, reggae and Cadanse see disco or pre zouk at the dawn of the 80s.

Find a selection of 14 of the best songs of the group that traces the musical adventure of this group that the planet world and groove rediscover around the world but also in France.



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