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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Erick Cosaque, a singer and percussionist of traditional Guadeloupean Gwo Ka music. You'll go deeper with an excerpt on Rough Trade about Cosaque's first-ever anthology, on which this song appears.
"Guadeloupe, île de mes amours" by Erick Cosaque
Early 1970s/Compilation 2019 | Singer and percussionist from Guadeloupe
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A strong, rough, rounded voice with the typical tone heard in the creole outdoor musical gatherings. Erick Cosaque’s voice is made to go over and above the two boula drums and the makè drum which are associated in general, along a few light percussions, with the Guadeloupean Gwo Ka.
Whether heard at an informal street corner kout’ tanbou, during a traditional evening at someone’s place or in the musical léwoz of a community centre, his warm yet imperial voice has been known by West Indians, in the islands and in the mainland through music, radio and television thanks to a career spanning more than forty five years - about twenty solo albums, forty or so participations and collaborations with artists of all generations and genres within the Caribbean music scene