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We want you to say…..

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  1. Bwa Moudong
  2. Ewa Belia -Guest - Angelique Kidjo (Vocal)
  3. One More Touch
  4. Dance Ska La
  5. We Want You to Say
  6. Baby Stops - Guest - Magic Malic (Flute)
  7. Jou La Pli (Dedicated to the people of Haiti)
  8. Cha-Cha Ou Inmein Mwen
  9. Izo’s Mood

Andy Narell - Steel pans
Mario Canonge - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Vocals
Michel Alibo - Bass, Vocals
Jean Phillipe Fanfant - Drums, Vocals

If like me you have never heard these guys, prepare yourself for a very pleasant surprise! Their music is as fresh as tomorrow, it has succeeded in fusing jazz with the music of the French West Indies. Most fusion attempts I have heard only result in confusion, but here this is not the case. The reason is that these are not ordinary musicians, they are all experienced and very talented. Andy Narell plays Steel Pans better than anyone I have ever heard, in fact much better than anyone I have ever heard!

Pianist Mario Canonge and Bassist Michel Alibo both come from Martinique and Drummer Jean Phillipe Fanfant hails from Guadelope. They are all key figures in French Caribbean Music and they are all based in Paris. All are busy session men on the studio scene in France, which is where, no doubt, they practiced in order to achieve their incredible standard of their musicianship. They are all masters of the ’biguine’, the intensely syncopated, polyrhythmic music of the French Caribbean.

The band made its debut in 2002, it now has several albums to its credit and ‘We want you to say’ is the latest. They have made several USA tours where they were greeted with great enthusiasm by American audiences.

The music is different, exciting and played by a band of musicians who are on top of their game. It is in fact music that is different enough to need very specialised marketing, they deserve to have it.

If you only buy one album this month make it this one!

Sakesho is pronounced "Sah kay show" by the way.

Don Mather

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