Secteur Zouk

Realite

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Secteur Zouk is a group composed of musicians from French Guiana. Gilles Jonnais, who is a prominent figure in the music scene there, has produced this album of quality zouk music. The music of French Guiana has many faces and one reflects its geographical proximity to the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The zouk on this album is quite solid and tight. It is not formulaic zouk love. Jonnais and his musicians have injected a creativity and bounce into their music that is lacking in much zouk coming out of the French Antilles. Perhaps it is the distance from the production magnates who control much of the zouk love issuing from the Antilles. Although quite short in time, Realite is zouk music that embodies some of the best elements of the genre. It has swing that hits the hips squarely. This is what dedicated dancers listen for. This album has it in force along with caramel-laced vocals that ooze out of your speakers. Highly recommended.