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Soundway Presents: Tumbélé!
Various Artists
Soundway Records
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Release Date
June 7, 2010

The roots of the Antillean biguine sound are probably in the meeting of early “hot” jazz from New Orleans and Paris...

Often overlooked in the English-speaking Caribbean, the scattering drums and soaring clarinets of the biguine ruled the airwaves and dancefloors of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the 1960s.

Tumbele showcases the vibrancy of the scene on the islands in the ‘60s and ‘70s – a scene that would go on to develop the all-conquering sound of zouk in the ‘80s.

The roots of the Antillean biguine sound are probably in the meeting of early “hot” jazz from New Orleans and Paris, combined with the rhythms that came over on the slave ships from Africa. Overlooked outside of Paris, Montreal and the French Caribbean for many years, this collection redresses the balance by presenting the vital sounds of Martinique and Guadeloupe – the missing pieces of the musical jigsaw puzzle of the Caribbean.


"Blending jazz, calypso and Afro-Cuban forms it can sound like a lo-fi Gorillaz out take.” UNCUT (UK)

“The music is a revelation.” MOJO MAGAZINE (UK)

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Jeunesse Vauclin Barel Coppet, Mist Lof 3:05 Buy

    Jeunesse Vauclin

  2. 2 Jet Biguine Les Loups Noirs D'Haiti 3:26 Buy

    Jet Biguine

  3. 3 Pas O Soue La Abel Zenon 2:15 Buy

    Pas O Soue La

  4. 4 Manze Mona Raphael Zachille 2:46 Buy

    Manze Mona

  5. 5 Henri Te Vle Maye Robert Mavounsy Quartet 2:46 Buy

    Henri Te Vle Maye

  6. 6 La Vie Critique L'Orchestre Jeunesse de Paul-Emile Haliar 2:21 Buy

    La Vie Critique

  7. 7 Mussieu A Tet'a Poisson La Orchestre Combo Zombi, Michel Yeye 2:34 Buy

    Mussieu A Tet'a Poisson La

  8. 8 Oriza Les Kings 4:00 Buy


  9. 9 Colas-la Claude Rolcin, Le West Indian Combo 2:10 Buy


  10. 10 Ti Fi La Ou Te Madam' Anzala, Dolor, Velo 5:25 Buy

    Ti Fi La Ou Te Madam'

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