Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Guadeloupe

Greetings From Gwada: Touring Guadeloupe with Willy Monfret

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Visiting Guadeloupe and Martinique from the United States just got a whole lot easier. American Airlines introduced weekly direct flights to the French departments from Miami in April and, adding more connection options, AA’s new partner Seaborne Airlines is now flying four days a week from Puerto Rico to Guadelouple’s Pointe-à-Pitre Airport and Martinique Aimé Césaire International.

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Visual Culture: Caribbean Art x Art Basel Miami

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you’re headed down to Art Basel Miami this week, you can count on seeing work by artists from around the world. But, despite its close proximity to and obvious influence on MIA itself, the Caribbean will actually be one of the most underrepresented regions at North America’s biggest art event.

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Impressions: Images From Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Cadence Weapon: Download Rare Cadence-Lypso From the Midnight Groovers of Dominica

Words by Jesse Serwer—

You might recall a couple months ago we told you about Sofrito: International Soundclash, Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis of London-based “tropical” DJ collective Sofrito’s compilation connecting the dots between African, Caribbean and South America rhythms with rediscovered rarities from Trinidad’s Lord Shorty, Haiti’s Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville, Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé and more. To celebrate the release of the comp today, Strut Records has given us an exclusive download of one of the most brilliant tracks on the set, “O Ti Yo,” from the kings of cadence-lypso, the Midnight Groovers.

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Throwback Thursdays x Sofrito: Lord Shorty, “Vibrations Groove”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

“I want to introduce you to a brand new musical sound called soca…it starts with di bass drum.” That’s the late Lord Shorty (later known as Ras Shorty I), father of soca music, getting his James Brown on, with an instrument-by-instrument breakdown of his then-new creation.

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Throwback Thursdays: Kassav’s “Zouk la Sé Sél Médikaman Nou Ni”

Words by Scott Brown

A sacred set of Caribbean songs have made it into the canon of Miami party music. Songs like “Get Involved,” from the Bahamas’ Dr. Off, and an assortment of dancehall hits, like Red Rat’s “Tight Up Skirt,” get locals dancing regardless of heritage. “Zouk la Sé Sél Médikaman Nou Ni” is another must-have for any Miami DJ’s collection. While the zouk sound please the kompa-loving Haitian massive, the infectious rhythm of the song has remarkable cross cultural appeal.

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