Henri Guedon – Vulcano

( Martinique , 1974 , Epic )

posted on 30 / 06 / 2019

For today, I wanted to share with you “Vulcano“, my all time favourite West Indian Guaguanco track, taken from the legendary “Cosmozouk Percussion” album recorded in 1974 by the martinican musician & painter Henri Guedon.

That record never leaves my DJ bag, each track of this LP is a dancefloor burner – Enjoy !

Henri Guedon – Vulcano

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/nOvA6DuJots


Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation !

( Guadeloupe , 1970's , A3 Productions )

posted on 13 / 01 / 2019

Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes” was a band from Guadeloupe (French West Indies) composed by :

Smith Victorien : Vocals, Guitar, Production
Avenant Metry : Synths
Daniel Alger : Vocals, Guiro
Bod Guibert : Vocals, Triangle
Maurice Latouchant : Vocals, Campana
Daniel Nemorin : Guitar
Joyau Moy : Lead bass
Guy Nemorin : Vocals, Tambourine
Pivert Rodolphe : Drums, Percussion, Choir
Merkiled Willy : Guitar
Christian Picot : Organ
Letchoumayen Pierre : Congas

Quelle Tentation !” is a very nice Antillean Guaguanco Latin Jazz track with awesome Fender Rhodes organ parts – Enjoy !!

Victorien Smith et les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation !

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Cf7_r-CcuEc

Have a nice day,


Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano

( Martinique , 1970's , Hit Parade )

posted on 30 / 12 / 2018

Mantra was a quite obscure band from the city of Fort-de-France (Martinique, in the French West Indies) that released only one album in the late 70s.

The band was composed by :

Julian Martin (Piano, organ, guitar)
Anison Rabess (Bass, vocals)
David Laville (2nd guitar)
Algernon Rabess (Guitar, vocals)
Alex Larocque (Drums, vocals)
Janet Azzouz (Vocals)
Archie James (Trumpet)
Leon Knibbs (Percussion)

I wanted to make you rediscover today “Baile Mi Hermano“, an incredible and irresistible West Indian Guaguanco track, one of my favorite of the genre – Enjoy !!!

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N_FynG0WjEY

Best regards,


Orchestre Du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem

( Senegal , 1975 , Disques Buur Records )

posted on 10 / 04 / 2018

Today, I wanted to present you one of my favourite track from L’Orchestre du Bawobab (or L’Orchestre Baobab), a Senegalese Afro Cuban influenced musical combo that plays since the early 70s.

The musicians recorded dozen of albums and singles since the 70s, and are still active today and touring all over the world.

Saf Mana Dem” is a splendid example of the Afro Latin musical blend this band manage to create – Enjoy !

Orchestre du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GQt4F0hf0xA

Best regards,


Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

( Guadeloupe , 1970 , Duli Disc )

posted on 08 / 04 / 2018

Fania Basse Terrienne was a combo from Guadeloupe (French West Indies), leaded by the trumpeter and composer Astasie Philogene and composed by several great musicians from the bests bands of the island such as Les Aiglons, Typical Combo, Super Combo and Les Players.

The track presented here, “Fania Basse Terrienne“, is taken from their one and only album recorded live in 1970 and is an awesome hommage to the famous “Fania All Stars” latin band of Johnny Pacheco – Enjoy !

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2E5vmcntg0M

Have a nice sunday,


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