The return of the most important French Antillean band of the 60ï¿½s and the 70ï¿½s. They bring a unique mix of Biguine, funk, Latin, Compas and early Zouk. Tip!Camille Sopranï¿½n, who founded the band with guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Dï¿½cimus, personally selected this compilation from the Vikingsï¿½ vast discography of about 20 albums, starting in 1967.
They obviously inherited a lot from ï¿½roots musicï¿½ (Gwo Ka), jazz and the beguine that had been played on the island since the late 19th century, and of which they give a dazzlingly modern version on ï¿½Tou Touniï¿½.
Their music is buffeted by the artistic winds that were sweeping the Caribbean: ï¿½Rumbo Melonï¿½ is influenced by Latin music; ï¿½Assez Palï¿½ is a cover of a number by the great Haitian saxophonist and composer Nemours Jean Baptiste, who is often presented as the inventor of kompa; and ï¿½Ambianceï¿½ offers a new take on ï¿½Guhe Huiamoï¿½ by the Ivory Coast singer Amï¿½dï¿½e Pierre.