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With her new release, "Zandoli", Belgian-Caribbean artist Charlotte Adigéry proves herself to be a consummate storyteller. Sometimes patently silly, sometimes deeply introspective, Adigéry’s ever-wandering mind spins tales that are absurd and poignant and ridiculously fun. Having been taught the ropes by her Martinique-born mother - namely rhythm’s relationship to musicality and the importance of a sense of humour - Adigéry is a persuasive young artist who can sing about lizards one moment and latex the next.
A descendent of a Nigerian Yoruba tribe that worked their way out of slavery on the faraway island of Martinique, Adigéry likes to draw inspiration from her Caribbean ancestors’ musical traditions. Opening track "Paténipat" features a chanted chorus of 'zandoli pa té ni pat' - a Creole mnemonic that means 'the gecko didn’t have any leg' - which perfectly enunciates the rhythms of the GWO KA dances that would have swayed the islanders of Martinique a century ago. A zandoli, by the way, is a lizard normally found climbing the walls of Caribbean homes.
While never addressing love directly, "Zandoli" is a product of pure love and friendship. In the studio Adigéry is joined by collaborator Bolis Pupul, a descendant of the first and only wave of Chinese immigration to Martinique. After matching on Tinder, the pair began to explore their shared histories, resulting in heart-to-heart confessions that seep through the songs of Zandoli. 'Since working on our first EP, Bolis and I have become best friends,' Adigéry says. 'And this record is the product of our love.'
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