Le Quartier Français: Gwada Ragga and Roots

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Words by Erin MacLeod

Want a new year’s resolution? How about expanding your musical horizons, and your definition of Caribbean music? The French Caribbean has a heck of a lot to offer—not just zouk and traditional styles like gwo ka and biguine but, increasingly, reggae and dancehall—so don’t let the language barrier prevent you from hearing some wicked tunes. Taking a trip to Guadaloupe, this rundown of Gwada reggae is the first in a series featuring Franco-Caribbean music developments, and its various vedettes (that’s stars). LargeUp offers you quelques artistes to peruse while you practice ton français.