Across the Ocean


For this post I have decided to focus on the Caribbean, and more particularly Guadalupe. The music of this island in the French Antilles is rich and varied with folkloric music such as Biguine vidé, Gwo Ka as well as more popular music with roots in Haitian Kompas, including Cadence and Zouk.

I first came across Sartana Sinitambi when Sofrito featured Information Par Le Mistral on their International Soundclash LP. Sartana started off recording music in the 80s with his band Mistral and went on to release several Zouk hits in the latter part of the 80s and early 90s.

Today’s track is from his 1980 LP, Mecage Douvan Komansse Touche. It’s a real party tune featuring Sartana’s hypnotic vocals inter-playing with the backing singers. The track shifts dramatically midway through. Play loud on hot summer nights!

Lutte = Faculte Combative De L’Esprit

Record details:

Sartana Et Son Groupe Mistral ‎– Mecage Douvan Komansse Touche – Sartan’n Son ‎(GP 4003) – 1980