Gwakasonne / Vwayaje / Seance Centre

Atmospherics of sampled surf and sea birds let you know that these are island songs. Eleven from the 1980s, and one from two decades later. The latter, W3, sounding like a more chilled Zazou / Bikaye / CY1. Or a lost track from Jasper Van`t Hof`s Pili Pili. All of them born in Guadeloupe, and featuring the rotating assembly of players contained in Robert Oumaou`s fifteen man and woman strong Gwakasonne collective. Featuring hands on traditional Gwo Ka drums. The Boula and Marqueur. Fingers on Highlife and Tuareg guitars, flute, keys and trumpet. A fretless bass making Jazzy runs. The flute forced through echo. The horn, Don Cherry-esque. Collected now on Seance Centre`s compilation of Gwakasoone`s work, Vwayaje.  

Steel pans, balaphon. Vocals spoken, or uplifting chant. The music of children at play accompanying Guem Et Zaka Percussion-like grooves. Tumblack sweat. Vou recalls Bill Laswell`s World Fusions. His collaborations with Toure Kunda and Foday Musa Suso. Siklon packs a Fender Rhodes. Dances alongside Jorge Degas and Marcelo Salazar`s Ilha Grande. Respe gives thanks and praise to Mother Nature in the same manner as Congarilla`s Sacred Tree. 

All this coalescing, mixing in some Electric Mayola, on the closing extended ensemble piece, Algerie 62. 

You can order a copy of Gwakasonne`s Vwayaje directly from Seance Centre. 

16SC Artwork Gwakasonne

Reference Links

Zazou / Bikaye / CY1

Pili Pili

Don Cherry

Guem Et Zaka Percussion


Toure Kunda

Foday Musa Suso

Ilha Grande


Electric Maloya

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