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.
American world music showcase globalFEST has announced the artists set to perform during its 15th Anniversary on January 14, 2017 in New York City.
globalFEST 15 Program
Ava Rocha: Post-Tropicalia avant-pop (Brazil)
Delgres: Creole blues reconnecting Guadeloupe to New Orleans
Eva Salina & Peter Stan: Balkan Gypsy (Roma) songs for voice and accordion
Grand Tapestry: hip-hop joins Indian sarod and tabla
Iberi Choir: Polyphonic songs from Georgia
Jarlath Henderson Band: Celtic folk music
Jupiter & Okwess: Congolese music
La Dame Blanche: Cuban rumba and son with hip-hop, cumbia, and dancehall
Mariachi Flor De Toloache: Female Mexican mariachi
Mohsen Namjoo: Modern Iranian songs
Thornetta Davis: Detroit blues
Miramar: Puerto Rican boleros
French act Delgres is set to perform on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Los Angeles. This concert is part of the Skirball Cultural Center’s summer concerts. Admission is free.
Named after slave rebellion hero Louis Delgrès, French band Delgres features Caribbean-Frechman Pascal Danaë on dobro and vocals, sousaphone player Rafgee, and drummer Baptiste Brondy. Desgres performs Caribbean roots music mixed with blues, inspired by Guadeloupe slaves who settled in New Orleans after fleeing from their French slave masters.
Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepúlveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Phone: (310) 440-4500.