Les Vikings De La Guadeloupe

Best Of - Enko On Ti Tou

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The return of the most important French Antillean band of the 60’s and the 70’s. They bring a unique mix of Biguine, funk, Latin, compas and early zouk.

Camille Sopran’n, who founded the band with guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Décimus, personally selected this compilation from the Vikings’ vast discography of about 20 albums, starting in 1967. They obviously inherited a lot from “roots music” (Gwo Ka), jazz and the beguine that had been played on the island since the late 19th century, and of which they give a dazzlingly modern version on “Tou Touni”.

Their music is buffeted by the artistic winds that were sweeping the Caribbean: “Rumbo Melon” is influenced by Latin music; “Assez Palé” is a cover of a number by the great Haitian saxophonist and composer Nemours Jean Baptiste, who is often presented as the inventor of kompa; and “Ambiance” offers a new take on “Guhe Huiamo” by the Ivory Coast singer Amédée Pierre.

TRACK LISTING

1. Ambiance Vikings
2. Assez Palé
3. Rumbo Melon
4. Gadé Douvant
5. Ti Tong Ti Tong
7. Tou Touni
8. Ahi Na Ma
9. Souvenirs
10. Retour Au Pays
11. Zagalakatéléman
12. Ka Nou Pé Fe
13. Claro Que Si
14. Magdalena
15. Mikolasie

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