Bod Guibert

Pa Fenn

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Bod Guibert, a Martiniquan vocalist, is a zouk artist whose blend of African and Antillean elements in his albums has produced some of the best Afro-zouk ever recorded. This album is a prime example of zouk with a twist. There are traditional elements in his sound as well as a deft interweaving of state-of-the-art technological touches. The sound on the recording is exceptional, as it is on most Antillean albums. The grooves on the straight-ahead zouk here are rock-solid with fine sliding horn arrangements. Most of the zouk is up-tempo, with no insipid zouk love. Guibert has managed to retain the fire in his zouk by employing musicians who pump bass and percussion that throb in the throat. "Anti-Man" is a composition revealing Guibert's talent for songs that are a rhythmic balance of African, ragga, and Antillean strains. On this track, he gives the nod to a song by Perfecta, the legendary cadence group. "Jo Jo," a horn-filled track loaded with percussion, generates lots of swing. Pa Fenn is zouk at its best, and is well worth seeking. Highly recommended.