Tumbele! Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74

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Tumbele! Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74

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Release Date: Monday 5 October 2009

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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.

Martinique and Guadeloupe are overseas departements 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.


Barel Coppet, Mist Lof - Jeunesse Vauclin
Les Loups Noirs D'Haïti - Jet Biguine
Abel Zenon - Pas O Soue La
Raphael Zachille - Manze Mona
Robert Mavounsy Quartet - Henri Te Vle Maye
L'Orchestre Jeunesse de Paul-Emile Haliar - La Vie Critique
Orchestre Combo Zombi et Michel Yéyé - Mussieu A Têt'a Poisson La
Les Kings - Oriza
Claude Rolcin, Le West Indian Combo - Colas-la
Anzala, Dolor, Vélo - Ti Fi La Ou Té Madam'
Les Leopards - D'Leau Coco
Ensemble La Perfecta - Jojo
Le Ry-co Jazz - Dima Bolane
Lola Martin - Edamise Oh!
Les Aiglons de Basse Terre - Chombo Meringue
Les Gentlemens - Son Tambou La
L'Ensemble Abricot- Chonga
Francisco - Fileo
Monsieur Dolor, Les Guitar Boys - Panty
Robert Loison - Jean Fouille, Pie Fouille