Sartana

Ostilite

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Ostilite enlists the help of Gordon Henderson of Grammacks, the legendary band from Dominica, an island whose cadence is similar to Guadeloupe's. Sartana, a cross-cultural mixer of musical styles, starts off the album with a rousing Haitian compas, the title track (translated as Hostility). He can turn on the up-tempo heat as well as up the temperature on the slower, swinging zouk tracks. The horns on Sartana albums always seem to be larger than life. They are fat and fill up the soundscape amply. His voice has a distinctive nasal tinge to it that is unmistakable. "Kenn Ke" is a prime example of what he can do with mid-tempo zouk. The swing here is unstoppable, underpinned by the percussion, blaring brass, and strong backup vocals. He also includes a gwo ka track, the style for which he was originally known. The tropical heat is on the tracks and Sartana rarely disappoints. Recommended.