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disques debs international vol.1
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Strut present the first ever compilation series to access the archives of one of the greatest of all French Caribbean labels, Disques Debs out of Guadeloupe.

DISQUES DEBS INTERNATIONAL - An Island Story: Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960-1972

Set up by the late Henri Debs during the late ‘50s, the label and studio has continued for over 50 years, releasing over 300 7” singles and 200 LPs, covering styles varying from early biguine and bolero to zouk and reggae. Debs played a pivotal role in bringing the créole music of Guadeloupe and Martinique to a wider international audience. Volume 1 of this series marks the first decade of the label’s existence and takes in big band orchestras, home-grown stars, touring bands and a new generation that would emerge at the end of the ‘60s. Early releases were recorded in the back of Henri’s shop in Pointe-a-Pitre, from his own sextet playing percussive biguines to young saxophonist Edouard Benoit, leader of Les Maxels and regular arranger for Debs bands. Other artists ranged from big bands like Orchestre Esperanza and Orchestre Caribbean Jazz to poet and radio personality Casimir “Caso” Létang and folkloric gwo ka artist Sydney Leremon. Debs also capitalised on recording foreign touring artists visiting Guadeloupe during the early ‘60s including Haitian trumpeter Raymond Cicault and Trinidadian bandleader Cyril Diaz. Compiled by Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Emile Omar (Radio Nova), ‘Disques Debs International’ is released in conjunction with Henri Debs Et Fils and Air Caraibes. The package features a host of rare and unseen photos from the Debs archive with both formats featuring extensive sleeve notes and interviews with Philippe Debs and Max “Maxo” Severin of Les Vikings. Volumes 2 and 3 follow in 2019.


- First ever official release from the Disques Debs archives
- First in three-part series. This edition covers the early years of the label 1960-1972
- Compiled by Hugo Mendez (Sofrito) and Emile Omar (Radio Nova)
- Includes many unseen archive photos, full sleeve notes and artist interviews

Les Vikings, Irakere, Fania, gwo ka, Henri Guedon, Guy Conquette, Ibo Combo, Webert Sicot, David Murray, zouk, Kassav, Les Leopards, Gordon Henderson, Exile One, Grammacks, Black Machine, mambo, Nemours Jean Baptiste, Coupe Cloue
a01. daniel forestal et sa guitare / ces p’tits je t’aime
a02. casimir létang / travail z’enfants! chantez apres!
a03. cyril diaz et son orchestre / feeling happy
a04. georges tinedor et manuela pioche / collié et zanno
a05. henri debs quintet / douce kombass
a06. joseph lacides / mr. morin
b01. geno exilie / lan mise
b02. dolor et les diables du rythme / salvana
b03. sydney lérémon et ses amis du calvaire baie- mahault / you you matayango
b04. raymond cicault et son orchestre volcan / a mon ami lucien jolibois
b05. orchestre esperanza et jean leroy / ou pas bel
b06. henri debs sextet et paul blamar / moin çé on maléré
c01. le ry- co jazz / si i bon di i bon
c02. remy mondey / meringue mondey
c03. henri guedon et les contesta / van van
c04. les shupa shupa d’haiti / batterie shupa
d01. paul blamar et vélo / lovency
d02. eric virgal / stanislas
d03. les aiglons / les aiglons ka satisfait
d04. tutus de la guyane / nanao nanao
d05. guy conquette / assez fait cancan
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