Marce et Toumpak

Titine: Martinique

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Marce et Toumpak play modernized chouval bwa, the wooden horse music of Martinique's carnaval tradition. It consists of the tambour, a large drum held between the knees and resting on the ground, and usually flute and other horns. It usually moves along with propulsive drive, but can also be languidly sensual. The tambour, other percussion, and bass buttress it all. They have been at it for a while and are some of the most respected artists of this unique style of music from Martinique. It is invigorating, sprightly dance music and shows the strength of traditional dance forms from this island in the Lesser Antilles. This is an album that expertly executes a very difficult dance rhythm and does so with great style. Their greatest hits album duplicates none of the tracks here, so either album would be a good choice as an introduction. Highly recommended.