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Here's Some 1980s Gwo-Ka & Zouk Music From Max Rambhojan

A re-issue of the massive hits from Guadeloupe.

Max Rambhojan's big record, "Tou't Jou Pa Min'm," reached its highest popularity during the 1986 World Cup, when its music video often played during half-time breaks on TV stations in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

The highly-infectious song showcased a style known as 'Zouk Chiré,' an energetic and high-tempo version of Zouk music influenced by Guadeloupe's carnival drum bands.

Much more than a Zouk artist though, Rambhojan is a known as a master of Gwo-Ka, the Guadelopean folk music (and the names of the hand drums it's played with) which originated during the transatlantic slave trade in the 17th century.

Labels Secousse and Hot Mule Records are now reissuing four gems from Max Rambhojan's catalog, which we're premiering here today.

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