Repress from this lovely Fusion/Zouk album from 1990! Lovely crafted tip-on sleeve. Remastered. 700 copies.
Minimalist and spiritual, a true rural ancestral art from Martinique, the Bèlè combines dance and music from responsorial monodies, on codified drum rhythms and ti-bwa working up into the trance. The texts are simple, short and tell the story of everyday life and struggle. While preserving the emotion and the drum’s central place, the fundamental contribution of Bèlènou is to keep the traditional form of Bèlè while adding a modern instrumentation: bass, guitar, saxophone, drums...
Emosyon Tambou-a (Emotion of the Drum) was released in 1990. This third opus of the band expands the musical spectrum in harmonies, arrangements and influences to create a contemporary music anchored in the Bèlè matrix, while keeping the beat, the energy and ancestral roots of music.
A precursor group, experimental in the its early years, Bèlènou reconciles with talent tradition, modernity and cultural identity.