Malavoi – Madjoumbé

( Martinique , 1975 , 3A Production )

posted on 29 / 10 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Madjoumbé“, an uplifting Tropical Cadence Biguine Jazz Soul track from the French West Indies with Latin flavors, recorded in 1975 by the legendary band Malavoi, initially from the city of Fort-de-France (Martinique) but that will later includes musicians from Guadeloupe.

Still active today, the band is known for its strings sections (violin & cello), & was founded at the end of the 60s by Jean-Paul Soïme, Emmanuel “Mano” Cesaire, Christian de Negri, Denis Dantin & Marcel Rémion.

This LP features :

Jean-Marc Albicy (Bass Guitar) ;

André Saint-Prix (Congas) ;

Paul Rosine (Electric Piano : Fender Rhodes) ;

Bib Monville (Saxophone) ;

Paul Petit-Frere (Trombone, Trumpet) ;

Christian De Négri (Violin) ;

Maurice Marie-Louise, Raphaël Rimbaud (Vocals) ;

The group was called “Malavoi” in reference to a variety of sugar cane and a street in the island of Goree (Senegal) from where African former slaves were sent to Americas at the time.

Cherry on the cake : this gorgeous cover art – Enjoy !

Malavoi – Madjoumbé (Martinique, 1975, 3A Production)

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Have a nice Wednesday, see you on next Sunday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

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