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Cadence Revolution - Disques Debs

Titel : Cadence Revolution

Artiest(en) : Disques Debs

Genre : Latin/Caribbean

Medium : CD

Jaar : 02-2020

Label : Strut

€ 16,99


Disques Debs International Vol. 2: Cadence Revolution (1973-1981)
Right before zouk music gave the French Antilles their moment atop the Afro-Francophonic music world, the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique were known for cadence—an unmistakably Caribbean melding of Haitian big band, mini-jazz and compas groups, with calypso, reggae, and rumbas from both Cuba and Congo along with homegrown biguine. If you`re looking for a core sample of the “cadence era,” look no further than Disques Debs International Vol. 2: Cadence Revolution. Released on Feb. 14 by Strut Records, this second compilation drawn from the archives of Disques Debs International celebrates the `70s as seen from Henri Debs`s label on Guadeloupe. This is follow-up to Disques Debs International Vol. 1, which covered from 1960 to 1972, which was released in 2018.
To judge from the Debs archive, the `70s were a stylistically diverse time in the French Antilles. There are guitar-centered, Haitian-indebted tunes from artists like Tabou No. 2 and Smoke. But then there`s still the big band-influenced jazzy biguine from from Ti Celeste, “Moin Envie Danser on Belle Biguine,” that culminates in a hypnotic, call-and-response over percussion. Guadeloupe had enviable recording facilities compared to its neighbors, so horn-forward cadence-lypso from neighboring Dominica is never far away, and the Midnight Groovers contribute a song that`s so reggae that it`s in English. “Ping Pong” by Guy Conquette would go on to be covered by the legendary Colombian Caribbean group Wganda Kenya.
As much as it is a celebration of the cadence “revolution,” the compilation also carries evidence of the end of the cadence era. The Antilles music scene was hit hard by inexpensive sound systems of the disco era—and if the track “Disco Funk” by Galaxy is any indication, the island groups weren`t ready to slip into a straight-forward four on the floor—but a group of Antillean ex-pats in Paris were about to set the world ablaze with zouk. The comp`s second track, a lean, Congolese-influenced guitar piece is by Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe, whose members will go on to combine funk, more West African and rock guitar with the islands` carnival beats and soca horns and create the worldwide phenomenon of zouk music by the group Kassav
1. Super Combo - Moin Domi Dérhô (7:25)
2. Les vikings de la Guadeloupe - Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo) (2:24)
3. Typical Combo - Piensalo Bien (3:39)
4. Guadafrica Combo - Moin Ce Roi Roi (5:35)
5. Galaxy - Disco Funk (4:55)
6. Koumbit - Lagé Yo (3:40)
7. Smoke - Lina Femm` Foll (3:45)
8. Les Rapaces - Music Passe Partout (5:13)
9. H.W.T. Band - Good Trip (6:04)
10. Midnight Groovers - Stranger (Disques Debs Version) (4:54)
11. Ti Celeste - Moin Envie Danser On Belle Biguine (3:29)
12. Bienveillance Abymienne - Ti Jenes An Nou (4:34)
13. Guy Conquette & Son Groupe - Ping Pong (4:12)
14. Edouard Benoit - Mauve Chauffe (4:50)
15. Rico & Pi-Yo - Pas Coler La (5:31)
16. Tabou No. 2 - Experience (3:34