- Bwa Moudong
- Ewa Belia -Guest - Angelique Kidjo (Vocal)
- One More Touch
- Dance Ska La
- We Want You to Say
- Baby Stops - Guest - Magic Malic (Flute)
- Jou La Pli (Dedicated to the people of
- Cha-Cha Ou Inmein Mwen
- 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
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.