Ansanm

Ansanm'

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This is Ansanm's second album and is one to seek out and hold on to. Ample backup is provided by French Antillean mega talents: Edith Lefel, Jean-Paul Pognon, and Tony Chasseur on vocals. On keyboards is Jean Claude Naimro of Kassav. From the first bassline on the first track, "Soukwe'w," you know that woofers on your speakers are going to get a work out. This album has bone marrow percussion and grooves that are extremely flammable. The horns are very tight and well arranged and swing with a punch that doesn't stop. The power tracks are lightened by a few mellow moments that still contain that Caribbean swing, ever sensual. "Loulouse" is another power track that moves right along on that zouk wave. "Zouc Kadrill" is an updated creolized version of a quadrille, a European 4/4 box step dance brought to the islands by the French colonists. This version rolls right along and crackles with real hand percussion, "tambou gros ka" and "tambou bele," both traditional drums of Martinique. "An Ti Popote" rolls on with that infectious Antillean groove quotient pushing the mixing board meters into the red. "Mizik Jodi" is another track that broils with a simple melody line that stays with you. A zouk album that probably got a lot of attention in Martinique and Guadeloupe and Paris clubs.

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