Yesterday day we had NY disco, now let’s tryout some late night Antillean disco from Expérience 7. This was one of those songs upon first listening I half discounted being that I bought the record for more of the Zouk tracks, but after coming back to it again I’m really enjoying it more and more. Often music requires multiple chances to sink in, but I freely admit sometimes I’m slow to recognize. Don’t be like me 🙂
Over the past few months a day doesn’t go by where wifey and I don’t mention how bad we need an island vacation. Due to work schedules we can’t go anywhere for awhile, but thankfully we got Antillean music to hold us over. Galaxy take me away.
Today we got Les Maxel’s from the French Antilles island Guadeloupe. I have to acknowledge the cover. It’s pretty common to see a bunch guys posing around a clean ride, but rarely posing around a clean ride AND a dirty ass bulldozer. Also, respect to the uncredited cover designer. This person’s work is used on many of the Disco Deb’s label’s covers and they are all similarly geo70s candy colorific.
From this 1975 Vikings De La Guadeloupe record you probably would not be expecting to hear funk soul-jazz, but one thing I’ve learned after years of digging through Caribbean music is to prepare to be surprised. To find this tune “Funky Duke”, which I suspect is a tribute to great funk jazz artist George Duke, is the type of surprise I never get tired of.
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.
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!
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!