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Meliza

Zouk singer born in France, raised in Guadeloupe

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Meliza

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Meliza, a one-and-done wonder who, with the help of a savvy producer, recorded an album of electro zouk, heavy on synth beats and good grooves. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article on World Treasures Music.

"Anragé" by Meliza
1984 | Zouk singer born in France, raised in Guadeloupe

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Eventually the team involved with the Meliza record spoke to the singer herself: “My [real] name is Jeannine Sifflet,” she explained. “…but all my friends call me ‘Janis’, in reference to Janis Joplin, because I can’t help but sing all the time. I was born in Paris but raised in Guadeloupe. My family then returned to France in 1975, settling in Vitry-Sur-Seine, when i was still a teenager. At the age of 18 I met Alex Dorothée through a common friend.

“I guess he was charmed by my voice and vibes, and invited me to record backing vocals on a few of his projects. Then he offered to write, compose and produce my solo album. We started rehearsing for it pretty quickly and rented a small recording studio located rue de Clignancourt, in the 18th Parisian district. Alex used a wacky synth lended by a friend of his, a drum machine and invited a few friends to complete the line up. We both moved back to Guadeloupe the year of the release, doing a little promotion on local TVs and radio channels. And that was it! I lost track of Alex over the years, so it’s nice to reconnect. I keep fond memories of that era.”

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