Dédé St. Prix

Afro-Carribean Grove

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Since returning to live in Martinique in 1996, DeDe Saint Prix has made a concerted effort to dig deep into the roots of the music of Martinique and Africa. This album reflects that thrust and is less commercial than some of his other releases. It is mostly chouval bwa with some other styles sprinkled in. Some tracks feature the great vocalist Sylviane Cedia from French Guiana and Jocelyn Beroard from the group Kassav'. There are some moments that cook and boil when the drumming takes over and delivers some drive. "Voum Lele" is an extended drumming jam that stretches out. Another standout track is "Fwotey,," a kompa-chouval bwa hybrid, that works well especially with Jocelyn Beroard's vocal. The cumbia-chouval bwa, "Saw Ni" also carries some momentum. This album is for roots fans. However, it does not have the melodic rhythmic mix of Chouval Bwa Sans Frontieres or some of his earlier albums.

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