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

Freddy et Le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night (Republic of Congo, 1973, Sonafric)

One of the few and early singles from the great Congolese composer Freddy Kebano, “Dark Night” was recorded with the “Ryco-Jazz” band (misspelled here as “Ricco Jazz”) that imported Congolese Rumba in the French Antilles in the late 60’s and that will greatly contribute to the evolution of Martinican music.

Hope you will like this early afro jerk track !

Freddy et le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/WyQ24wtXww0

Have a nice evening,

Armand

Anne-Marie Nzie – Djih Yang (Cameroon, 1975, Pathe Marconi)

For today, I decided to present you “Djih Yang”, a very deep folk bikutsi track with jazz reminiscences taken from the first album from the great Anne-Marie Nzié, my favourite singer from Cameroon and considered by many (that includes me) as the Queen of the Bikutsi (a traditional Cameroonian musical genre).

She passed away last year in 2016, may she rest in peace..

Anne Marie Nzie – Djih Yang

 

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2TE8RRcMaoo

Have a nice evening,

Armand

Barrel Coppet and Mister Lof – Rhum et Coutelas (Martinique, 1972, Hit Parade)

Anatole “Barrel” Coppet (a saxophone player) and Romuld “Mister” Lof (a singer) were two musicians from Martinique who used to play in the Antilles and in France from the 50’s.

They recorded several album together with great names of the French Caribbean Jazz scene back in the days (as Alain Jean-Marie, who play the piano on this album), and a few singles.

I decided to present you “Rhum et Coutelas”, a sweet jazzy biguine song taken from their first album recorded in 1972 on the great Hit Parade label – enjoy !

Barrel Coppet Mister Lof – Rhum et Coutelas

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/fldE94tX-PI

Have a nice evening,

Armand

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat (Mauritania, 1973, Morico Records)

Hello Everyone !

To end this week, I wanted to make you discover “Kamlat”, one song taken the first single of one of the most famous Mauritanian Singer, El Hadrmy, and his band, L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie.

This single is really rare and very hard to find (200 singles were pressed at the time !), one of the very few records from Mauritania.

The song presented here is a deep and slow psychedelic ballad that turns nervous from the middle of the track – hope you’ll like it !

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/gqslsM_jOHk

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé (La Reunion, 1976, P.C.R.)

The song presented here, “Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé”, is a beautiful Deep and Raw Maloya track, a musical genre that mixes together traditionnal rhythms, Poetry and political Creole claims that was forbidden by the authorities in the island until 1981.

It that was one the first recordings from Daniel Hoareau (Or Danyèl Waro in Creole langage), one of the most famous musicians from La Reunion, who is still active nowadays, and it was recorded during the 4th congress of the Communist Political Party from Reunion Island in 1976 – Enjoy !

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/0GcGkVgAZVc

Best Regards,

Armand

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – L’Heureux Noir (Guadeloupe, 1980, Franck R Records)

Following to this article, I wanted for this week to make you (re)discover another track from Erick Cosaque, one of my favourite musician from French Guadeloupe Island who is still active today.
“L’Heureux Noir”, the track presented here, is a perfect example of early Cosaque’s work, mixing perfectly Jazz and traditional Guadeloupean Gwo Ka percussions – Enjoy !
Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – L’Heureux Noir
Best regards,
Armand

ADP033 – Gwoka Sonné (Spiritual Drums from Guadeloupe and Martinique Islands)

Hello dear readers !
After months and months, lets travel together to the French Antilles for my brand new 33th selection, through those 8 Spiritual Gwoka (a unique drum from Guadeloupe island) Jazz tracks that I’ve selected for you – Enjoy !
Armand de Preseau – Gwoka Sonné

You can download this selection here !

TRACKLIST : 

1 – Guy Konket – Kimbe Red
2 – Ka Leve – Tou Le Maten
3 – Eugene Mona – Grodillo
4 – Thibaud Freydy Ahimsa Doressamy – O Fon A Ke An Nou
5 – Pakatak – Palkata
6 – Zepiss – Pou Mizik La
7 – Gwakasonne – Algerie 62
8 – Fabriano Fuzion – Kosmos

Have a nice week,

Armand

Armand de Preseau – Three Versions of “D’leau Coco” (Martinique / Guadeloupe / Cape Verde)

Hello my friends,
Today a special selection with three (yes, ONLY three !) songs, the original one and two covers of the famous tropical anthem “D’leau Coco”, written by Albert Nadeau, a member of the band “Les Leopards de St Pierre”.
This song was originally released in 1972 by the band “Les Leopards de St Pierre”, from La Martinique, a raw tumbele biguine track.
Les Leopards de Saint Pierre – D’leau Coco
It was covered a bit later by Georges Plonquitte and his band, from La Guadeloupe, with a cool Jazz feeling and some good piano solos.
Georges Plonquitte – D’leau Coco
The Os Apolos”, a Cape Verdian band, also covered this song, in a raw tropical way !
Os Apolos – D’leau Coco
Which one is your favourite ? Do you know other versions ?
All the best,
Armand