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Various - Tumbélé! - Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74



Soundway Tumbele
Various - Tumbélé! - Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Soundway Records SNDWCD017/SNDWLP017, 2009-10-05

Soundway presents Tumbélé! Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74 - a look at the unique and overlooked sounds from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Lilting biguines, heavy gwo ka drums and tumbélé rhythms collide with the sounds of the carnival. Haitian, Congolese and Puerto Rican influences are added to the pot in a percussive celebration of Afro-Caribbean spirit.

Soundway Tumbele
Various - Tumbélé! - Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Soundway Records SNDWCD017/SNDWLP017, 2009-10-05

Tracklisting :
01. Jeunesse Vauclin - Barel Coppet et Mister Lof
02. Jet Biguine - Les Loups Noirs D’Haïti
03. Pas O Soué La - Abel Zénon
04. Manzè Mona - Raphaël Zachille
05. Henri Te Vlé Mayé - Robert Mavounsy Quartet
06. La Vie Critique - L’Orchestre Jeunesse de Paul-Emile Haliar
07. Mussieu A Têt’a Poisson La - Orchestre Combo Zombi et Michel Yéyé
08. Oriza - Les Kings
09. Colas-la - Claude Rolcin et Le West Indian Combo
10. Ti Fi La Ou Té Madam’ - Anzala, Dolor, Vélo
11. D’Leau Coco - Les Leopards
12. Jojo - Ensemble La Perfecta
13. Dima Bolane - Le Ry-co Jazz
14. Edamise Oh! - Lola Martin
15. Chombo Meringue - Les Aiglons de Basse Terre
16. Son Tambou La - Les Gentlemens
17. Chonga - L’Ensemble Abricot
18. Fileo - Francisco
19. Panty - Monsieur Dolor et Les Guitar Boys
20. Jean Fouillé, Pie Fouillé - Robert Loison

Links :
soundwayrecords.com

Press Release :
Martinique and Guadeloupe are overseas départements of France, situated in the Eastern Caribbean island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Successive waves of immigrants and a strong French colonial presence have combined to produce a strong musical culture that takes in African and latin rhythms alongside Jazz, calypso and the local biguine style.

Often overlooked in the English speaking Caribbean, the scattering drums and soaring clarinets of the biguine ruled the airwaves and dancefloors of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the 1960s.

This album showcases the vibrancy of the scene on the islands in the ‘60s and ‘70s - a scene that would go on to develop the all-conquering sound of zouk in the '80s. Uptown bands like Ensemble La Perfecta and Les Loups Noirs combine heavy rhythms and psychedelic effects in an inimitable style - check out the crazed Jet Biguine for a better idea! The deep and introspective sounds of Monsieur Dolor and Guadeloupean hero Robert Loison show the deep African roots of the music - songs born out of the plantations, with an insistent rhythm and mournful vocals that are unique to these islands.

Overlooked outside of Paris, Montreal and the French Caribbean for many years, this collection redresses the balance by presenting the vital sounds of Martinique and Guadeloupe - missing pieces of the musical jigsaw puzzle of the Caribbean.

French info :
Soundway records nous présente avec 'Tumbele' une sélection de morceaux anciens et introuvables de Guadeloupe et de Martinique, le cœur de la culture créole. Quand le scat des biguines se mélange avec les lourdes batteries gwo ka, la soul créole, le rythme effréné des carnavals et que les influences haïtienne, congolaise et portoricaine viennent se greffer au mélange, il en résulte une explosion festive et une célébration de l’esprit musical afro-antillais.
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