Ophelia – Fait Mwen Voler (Dominica, 1986, Blue Silver)

Ophélia Olivaccé-Marie is popular singer of Cadence-lypso from Dominica. She is sometimes referred to as “Dominica’s Lady of Song“, the “First Lady of Creole“, and “La grande dame de la musique Antillaise“.

Ophelia emerged and became Dominica’s first Lypo female singer to achieve international star status. She is considered to be the “Godmother of Cadence“, and has toured widely in France and had concerts broadcast over much of the Francophone world. Her signature tune and first recording is “Ay Dominique“, a lament for Dominica as the country underwent political problems in the 1970s that was an iconic anthem for Dominicans and that permit her to began to record with Gordon Henderson, placing herself at the forefront of Cadence-lypso. Ophelia’s musical idol is the South African singer Miriam Makeba.

Ophelia performed as a young girl in a group called the “Five O’s“, which performed at church functions. Her husband and manager, McCarthy Marie, encouraged her to start her solo career.

She often sung about women’s issues, a rarity at the time, and was among the first women to sing at the “Théâtre Noir”, “Cirque d’Hiver” and the “Théâtre de la Renaissance” in Paris (France). She was the first non-French winner of the Maracas d’Or Award from Société Pernod, and has been awarded International Women’s Year in 1985, the Sisserou Award of Honour (the second highest award in Dominica), a Lifetime Award in 2005 and a Golden Drum Award in 1984. In 2005, Ophelia hosted the 5th Dynamith d’Or Caribbean Music Awards.

I decided to share with you today “Fait Mwen Voler“, an awesome Zouk anthem (I usually do not like too much this musical genre !)taken from her 6th album, recorded in 1986 – Enjoy !!

Ophelia – Fait Mwen Voler

You can also listen to this track on my #Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/x34UXkOoP0c

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

(Source : Wikipedia)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa Soca (Ghana, 1989, Simigwa Records)

Late track from the Ghanaian master that perfectly sounds like a hit from the Barbados – Enjoy !!

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa Soca

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/v0ZvAB6kOUw

Best regards,

Armand

ADP024 – Funk’O’Lypso – A Journey Across The Funky Caribbean Islands (feat Frankie Zhivago, Shadow and others..)

Hi dear readers !
It’s been a long time without any selections – so don’t wait no longer, let’s travel this time to the Caribbean Islands for a 6 records flight, hope you’ll enjoy this mixture of island funk, Kaiso Disco and Bahamian soul tracks !
Armand de Preseau – Funk ‘ O ‘ Lypso
You can download the selection here !
Tracklist :
1 – The Crashers – Flight to Jamaïca
2 – Wabiné – Sail On
3 – Frankie Zhivago – All Around The World
4 – Disco Warriors – Cumbaya Disco
5 – Shadow – De Hardis
6 – Ed Watson and The Brass Circle – Let’s Get It On
All the best, sincerely yours and see you soon.
Armand