Francisco – Biguine Lélé (Martinique, 1970s, Hit Parade)

Following to this post, I wanted to share with you for today “Biguine Lélé“, another great track from the Master Frantz-Charles “Francisco” Denis, an awesome blend of syncopated Biguine, Jazz, Creole and Latin influenced sound with awesome piano arrangements – Enjoy !

Francisco – Biguine Lélé 

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/6Q_wEXeWHwo

Have a really nice wednesday,

Armand de Preseau

Wabiné – Sail On (Caribbean Islands, 1978, Wabiné Productions)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Sail On“, an awesome Tropical Disco-Lypso Funk track with sweets steel-drums parts from the Caribbean Islands, recorded in 1978 in New York by Trinidad island musicians – Perfect track to warm your rainy day, enjoy !

Wabiné – Sail On

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/kj4VrUEEwbE

Armand de Preseau

Derrick Harriott – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (Jamaica, 1982, Crystal D)

Great cover by Derrick Harriott (my favorite rocksteady artist) of this classic song from Eddy Grant and his Equals band !

Derrick Clinton Harriott, born on the 6 February 1939 in Jamaica, is a singer and record producer, who founded the famous Crystal records label.

This version sums up the Jamaican producing skills, mixing together disco, dub and roots music, and is for me a direct answer to the song Disco Devil, by Lee Perry.

Derrick Harriott – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/0BogOwfHNTw

Best regards,

Armand

Max et Henri – Lespwa Ka Fe Viv (Guadeloupe, 1982, Disques Debs International)

Late track composed by the two legends from the french West Indies Max Severin and Henri Debs, “Lespwa Ka Fe Viv” is a splendid spiritual Gwo Ka Jazz track with funky bass and flute parts that I wanted to make you discover today – Enjoy !!

Max et Henri – Lespwa Ka Fe Viv

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/fp5GxTLa7nE

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Aubert Osiris presente Kan’nik – Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel (Martinique, 1980s, Kan’Nik)

Super obscure single recorded by the Martinican musician Aubert Osiris and is band “Kan’Nik” in the late 80s that contains the crossover Funky Disco Zouk track “Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel” that I decided to make you rediscover today – Enjoy !

Aubert Osiris presente Kan’Nik – Rohe ! Ban Mwen Nouvel

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/r7zwfjbAufU

Best regards,

Armand

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

Francisco – Mamaille Lévé (Martinique, 1978, 3A Production)

Frantz-Charles “Francisco” Denis was a singer, piano player, composer, drummer and dancer born on the 9th of november 1932 in Saint-Pierre (Martinique).

He opened and owned several cabaret in the island (La Paillote, Le Shango, La Cabane Bambou, La Plantation..) in which he played with his bands such as “The Blue Star”, recorded several albums and singles and became one of the most important icons of the West Indies latin sound.

He died on the 19 April 2013.

The song presented here, “Mamaille Leve“, is a brillant example of the sound he created, a mixture of Biguine, Creole and Latin influenced sound, recorded in 1978 with awesome piano arangements – hope you’ll like it !

Francisco – Mamaille Leve

You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/s_6_Yx3_mqw

Best regards,

Armand

Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita (Madagascar, 1976, Discomad)

The band “Mahaleo” from Madagascar (in the Indian Ocean) was founded by Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo with six of his highschool classmates in the city of Antsirabe (in the center of the island), during the student protests against the neo-colonial power that took place on 13 May 1972.

Mahaleo is widely viewed as the most popular Malagasy group of all time, and it is composed of :

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabelina “Dada” Rakotobe

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica : Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo

Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabela “Nono” Rakotobe

Flute, Vocals, Piano : Honore “Bekoto” Rabekoto

Rhythm Section, Vocals : Charles Bert “Charles” Andrianaivo

Violin, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar : Razafindranoa “Raoul” Raosolosolofo

Vocals : Famantanantsoa “Fafa” Rajaonarison

The musicians recorded more than ten albums together, between 1972 and 2010, they toured several times in France (Olympia Concert Hall in Paris) and they are still active today.

I decided to make you rediscover “Izahay Mpamita”, a deep poetic track about the Madagascan fishermen living conditions, with psychedelic flute and addictive guitar parts – Enjoy !

Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/69xbAMSWNlU

See you very soon,

Armand

Edmony Krater et Zepiss – Tijan (Guadeloupe, 1988, Editions Kaluila)

Edmond “Edmony Krater” Cratère is a musician (trumpeter, drummer, singer and Gwo-Ka player) who was born on the 18 of October 1956 in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe, French West Indies).

He arrived in Paris (France) in 1983 and founded the band Zepiss, with whom he recorded two albums, “Natibel” in 1983 and “Tijan Pou Velo” in 1988, very hard to find nowadays and full of Spiritual Gwo-Ka and West Indies Jazz tracks.

Edmony is still active today, lives in the sweet South of France and is working on his next album that will be out very soon !

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “Tijan”, taken from his second album, is truly a masterpiece with splendid horns, fuzzy guitars and beautiful synth parts, wrote in the memory of the Guadeloupean Gwo-Ka drum master Marcel “Velo” Lollia.

Edmony Krater et Zepiss – Tijan

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

Have a nice week,

Armand

ADP036 – Hold Fast The Biguine (A Journey into the Jazz Influenced French Antilles Sound)

For this 36th selection, we travel again to the French Antilles for a journey into the Jazz influenced French Antilles scene, hope you’ll like it !

Armand de Préseau – Hold Fast The Biguine

You can listen and download this selection by clicking here !

Tracklist :

Max Cilla – La Flute Des Mornes

Eugene Mona – Pote Bambou

Max Labor – Hold Fast The Biguine

Franck Valmont – Mimile

Caraïbe Jazz Ensemble – Sabel Sabel

Rony Siber – Ban Nous On Ti Biguine

Henry Pierre Noel – Back Home … Sweet Home

Synchro – Lambi

Francisco – Ba, Moin Lagent Moin

Hilaire Hartock – Le Moin Vini Voue

Have a nice week,

Armand