La Pelanga 2.0 is finally here! This past winter we got word that our blog host Posterous was shutting down. This actually was a blessing as it forced our hand in finally upgrading our site that was over 4 years old. For the past 4 months we’ve been working on creating our new space that can better feature this music that we love. We are really happy with the new design and we hope you like it as well. Please let us know what you think. We’re not quite finished yet, and there’s still a few more tweaks to the design to make, but WE ARE BACK!
So lets kick off the new site with a summer scorcher from La Perfecta who hail from the French Antilles island of Martinique. I’ve actually just returned from vacationing on this gorgeous island for my honeymoon, and while traveling in Montreal the week before synchronicity must have been at work as I came across La Perfecta’s 1978 release La Divinité. The French Antilles is a special place for music. In any given space you’ll likely hear Zouk, Dancehall, Salsa, Soca, Reggae, Kompa and of course Kadans (Cadence). La Protesta was one of the most popular Kadans groups to come from Martinique in the 70s and they are still going strong.
La Divinité was one of their biggest hits and it’s definitely one of my favorites. This song is as pure feel good music as you’ll find – divine is right!
La Divinité – La Perfecta
Flipping the record over and you have another great scorcher to keep you bouncing.
Baille Chabon – La Perfecta
This is just the first of many great records that we have lined up to share here – and after 4 months away we got lot piled up. Keep checking back or better yet subscribe below as we’ll be updating regularly again. Also, expect an announcement soon for our next Pelanga party.
~jacobo / dj pozole
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