Finally a new episode of Riddims Tropicale arrived, as always mixed live and soaked with rum by yours truly Marflix – this time fully dedicated to Kompa (or Compas): The Punch en musique Edition.
Kompa – The father of Zouk, grand daddy of other genres like Kizomba was always here, maybe kinda hidden in the shadow the omnipresent Zouk Pop and Zouk Love. Since a while a young generation of bands (like Cruz La, Xtassy, Harmonik and more) and producer / DJs (like DJ Excel, 5Lan, Krezibeatz, DJ Douly) of the Haitian diasporas, esp in Montreal, NY or Miami are creating a new style and giving Kompa a new twist. Maybe not really new, let’s say more radical: the riddims get slower and the songs have less focus on the vocals. Many DJs even cut out the vocals, leaving just a chorus and looping the instrumental parts. Reduce to the core, reduce to the gouyad.
In Berlin you might hear Gouyad Kompas on our “Punch en Musique” night, a monthly in the Caribbean restaurant Madinina where we lime with some rum punches and Martiniquen food.
So this edition of Riddims Tropicale is dedicated to Punch en Musique at our favorite hangout. If you’re in Berlin this Saturday, come over.
In case you missed Riddims Tropicale #36 with special guest Silent Pressure, grab it at soundcloud: