Delgres – Mo Jodi (PIAS, 2018)
Mo Jodi (Die Today) is the debut album of Delres, a French band that connects the music of Guadeloupe with American Mississippi delta blues and the brass sounds of New Orleans.
Pascal Danaë, the founder and leader of Delgres was inspired by a visit to the island of Guadeloupe, the land of his ancestors, in the Caribbean. The vocals are in Creole and English and express the effort to oppose to contemporary forms of domination and slavery.
The trio is named after Louis Delgrès, a Creole officer in the French Army who died in Guadeloupe in 1802 fighting against Napoleon’s army, which had been sent to reestablish slavery in the French Caribbean.
The lineup includes Pascal Danaë on vocals and guitars; Baptiste Brondy on drums; and Rafgee on sousaphone.
Mo Jodi is a visceral blues and Caribbean roots album that reconnects the musical relationships between Guadeloupe and Louisiana.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.