Apologies for our lack of posting recently. Your pelanguer@s have either been traveling or overloaded with our “other” jobs. But I wanted to share a musical treat, especially for our west coast followers. Haitian and Antillean (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Domicica) music rarely reaches many people’s speakers out here where there’s few Kreyol speaking communities, so each time we post from these rich Caribbean cultures I feel honored in helping spread this music that deserves more recognition. If you missed them check out our previous Haitian and Antillean posts.
Here we have another 70’s cadence jam, Kiki Yiki Des Rois from Le Combo Sensationnel. Unfortunately I know next to nothing about their history, so as always we appreciate any nuggests of knowledge you may have. And of course, we always love to know if you’re enjoying what we are posting.
Kiki Yiki Des Rois
Here we have another incredible record from Guadeloupe. This time from Georges Plonquitte & Cie. Belle Femm’ Pas Ka Ta Ou is a song that I never get tired of hearing and it always puts me in a great mood.
Georges Plonquitte was most famous for writing the song Rosalie and for being the lead singer of another amazing cadance group from Martinque called Typical Combo (I will definitely have to post something from them later). Sadly he passed while waiting for a heart transplant in 2006. Though he was not widely known outside the Antilles he left behind incredible music like this for us outsiders to fall in love with. Enjoy!
Belle Femm’ Pas Ka Ta Ou by Georges Plonquitte
Those that know me can attest that I have a bit of obsessive streak. In terms of music it usually happens like this—I come across one record that I know nothing about, but looks interesting. I take that record home and upon first listening I fall in love with it. With that one record a whole new world that I never realized was there is now calling on me to come explore and I’m helpless to resist. Since this past Spring my obsession has been with music from the French Antilles (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica), specifically during the 1970s, which happens to piggyback perfectly on my previous obsession, Haitian kompa. At the time I posted some incredible carnival music by Les Chanteurs des Isles du Vent, but the record that started it all for me was this rather ordinary looking 7″ by Super Combo. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find much info on this group or even the style of music other than what I’ve read about the producer/label owner, Henri Debs. I know there is a strong similarity to konpa, but it is definitely different. I’m not sure if it’s the music is referred to as Biguine Kombass, Cadance, or just early Zouk. Take a listen to this song called Compe Dimba, let me know what you think and if you’d like to hear more of this music. Of course if you have any info on music from the French Antilles (70s-early 80s), I would be grateful to hear it. Enjoy!
Compe Dimba by Super Combo
So far we’ve hit 6 countries’ carnavals in 3 days! Now it’s time to really get our money’s worth as we venture out to those string of islands just north of Trinidad & Tobago, commonly known today as the Lesser Antilles, specifically Guadeloupe, Dominica, and Martinique. Now this is usually the point where we would go on about origins or context regarding this Les Chanteurs des Isles du Vent record, but it’s carnaval—no time for getting nerdy. Trust me, if this song Edamise Oh! doesn’t give you the rush of carnaval running through your veins then I’m going to assume you are a card carrying tea party member, (fact: tea baggers hate carnaval).
What’s that? You need more? I don’t blame you. Here are 2 more carnaval songs of a melody, Haussé / Bo Fe-A that will have you never wanting to leave Isles du Vent.
Haussé/Bo Fe – A by Les Chanteurs Des Isles Du Vent
Haussé / Bo Fe-A