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  Gwakasonné, Vwayajé   Oliver's Pick:
Gwakasonné
Vwayajé
 
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  “Stop here!” exclaimed Robert Oumaou as we passed a mango tree on the side of the road just outside of Point-a-Pitre, the balmy capital of Guadeloupe. He filled a plastic bag with ripe fruit, and we set off on our journey across the small Caribbean island in search of musicians he hadn’t seen in years. On the way, we shared stories in broken French and English, stopping at truck stops to eat delicious fried fish. Robert took me to his hometown, and placed a mango and a flower on the grave of his teacher and mentor, a local poet. The seeds of Vwayajé (Traveller) were sewn on this trip, but shortly after returning home, I heard that Robert was ill, and he sadly passed away in 2018. This compilation was originally intended as a way to share Robert’s brazen work with a wider global audience, but it now also serves to immortalize his indomitable spirit.

Gwakasonné is the ecstatic articulation of Robert Oumaou’s artistic and political vision, a unified expression of his interests in American jazz, pre-colonial rhythms, Guadeloupian independence, and Créole poetics. Over the course of three albums, all released in the 80s, Robert piloted a revolving cast of musicians, a venerable who’s-who of Point-a-Pitre avant-jazz pioneers, to deftly intone his creative communal concepts. The songs on Vwayajé are compiled from these three releases, Gwakasonné, Temwen, and Moun, along with an electronic mantra taken from his 2007 solo album Sang Comment Taire. Viewed from our current artistic and cultural landscape, Robert’s work is exceptionally enduring, grounded in its declarations of freedom and foundational use of the Ka (drum) and voice, and prescient in its borderless explorations of protest folk, electronics, ambient atmosphere, music from the African diaspora, and spiritual jazz. The long-form hive-mind expression of the group has parallels with similar explorations by The Grateful Dead, electric
Miles, Pharaoh Sanders, and even the Boredoms, but these are only oblique references for a truly peerless sound. Like other conceptual children of Gérard Lockel, the group was part of a progressive movement of like-minded musicians, such as Serge Fabriano, Dao, Erick Cosaque, and Gaoulé Mizik, who embraced Lockel’s modernist ideals, fusing Gwo Ka drumming and tuning systems with contemporary jazz and vanguard recording technologies. Robert’s ecstatic phrasings, embrace of electronic instruments, and daring lyrics set the group apart as the beatific expression of a sagacious soul.

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Atomic Forest
Disco Roar
[Now Again]
Bignaton & Rios
Fresseeok
[Loft Records]
Brenk Sinatra
Midnite Ride II
[HHV]
Bro David
Modern Music From Belize
[Cultures Of Soul]
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
Woman You Made Me
[Timmion Records]
Celeste Hardie / Sandra Wright
You're Gone
[Outta Sight]
Crimeapple & DJ Skizz
Wet Dirt
[Different Worlds]
Curly Castro
Tosh
[Buenaventura]
David Axelrod
Seriously Deep
[Get On Down]
Dego
Too Much
[2000Black]
Don Blackman
Just Can't Stay Away
[Melodies International]
Greg Foat & James Thorpe
Photosynthesis
[Athens Of The North]
HOVE
In Motion
[Light Of Other Days]
Jazz Spastiks & People Without Shoes
Green Street (Deluxe Colored Vinyl Edition)
[HHV]
Jenova 7
Dusted Jazz Vol. 3
[Cold Busted]
Juju Rogers
40 Acres N Sum Mula
[Jakarta Records]
Kaidi Tatham
Serious Times
[First Word Records]
LaRombé
You're The Best
[Athens Of The North]
Matthew Halsall
Oneness
[Gondwana Records]
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
They Reminisce over You (Altered Tapes Remix)
[Heat Rock]
Pink Siifu
Ensley
[Pink Siifu]
Sampa The Great
The Return
[Ninja Tune]
Steve Hiett
Down On The Road By The Beach
[Be With Records]
Steve Hiett
Girls In The Grass (Remastered)
[Efficient Space]
Terror Danjah
Invasion
[Tru Thoughts]
The Expert
Excursions
[Cold Busted]
The Olympians
Midnight Movement
[Daptone Records]
Vacationer
Wavelenghts
[Paxico Records]
Various
Time For Peace Is Now
[Luaka Bop Records]
  1. Anderson .Paak
Ventura
 
  2. Bignaton & Rios
Fresseeok
 
  3. Bob Ohiri & His Uhuru Sounds
Uhuru Aiye
 
  4. Don Blackman
Just Can't Stay Away
 
  5. Sampa The Great
The Return
 
  6. Bobby Oroza
This Love
 
  7. Brahja
Brahja
 
  8. Bro David
Modern Music From Belize
 
  9. Crimeapple & DJ Skizz
Wet Dirt
 
  10. Currensy & LNDN DRGS
Umbrella Symphony