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Artist: Lespri Ka: New Directions in Gwo Ka Music From
Title: Lespri Ka: New Directions in Gwo Ka Music from Guadeloupe 1981-2010
Product Type: VINYL LP

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Gwoka isnt just a musical genre - it represents a culture and a way of life for Guadaloupean peoples. It emerged in the 1600s when enslaved African peoples based in the country - at the time colonized by France - were looking for a way to collaborate and communicate musically but not fall foul of French laws. The use of drums was forbidden by the notorious Code Noir which defined the conditions of slavery across the French empire and discouraged traditions that might be considered non-Catholic. So the response was to develop a way of singing that sounded percussive which the Guadaloupean peoples called bouladjl. Over time these sounds merged with Western influences and a set of seven rhythms developed from love songs and war dances to a creole version of the waltz. In the middle of the 20th century as anti-colonial movements grew in popularity the music experienced a surge in popularity and began to shift considerably - by the 1980s modern gwoka had evolved and pulled in influence from funk jazz and electronic music. Lspri Ka charts this late-stage development dipping from cult late-80s Afro cosmic jouneymen Gaoul Mizik into the deep spiritualism of Thibault Freydy Doressamy and the new wave-influenced sparkle of Michel Laurent. Kalindi Kas Yo is a contemporary example of the sound thats chilling in its stark minimalism with her assertive vocals twisted around complex microtonal drum patterns that eschew any French influence. Elsewhere though tracks like Selekta Kas Nou Woukou Mans A Zero and Groupe Blokas Menm Chimen-la spike the chattering rhythms with almost lounge-y organs flutes and bass.

1.1 Dao - Chenn La
1.2 Gaoule Mizik - Sonne Lekla Sonne
1.3 Thibault Freydy Doressamy - O Fon A Ke
An Nou
1.4 Emboule Jean-ClaudeLouison Gerome et Le Groupe Kako - Enjafann Kann
1.5 Gui Konket - Kimbe Red
1.6 Michel Laurent - Matla La Mouye
1.7 Horizon - Ti Malo
1.8 Kalindi Ka - Yo
1.9 Selekta Ka - Nou Woukou Manse A Zero
1.10 Groupe Beloka - Menm Chimen-laReleased on double LP


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