Music of French Guiana

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The music of French Guiana includes aléké,[1] bigi pokoe, and bushee negro music. Surinamese music, especially kaseko, is also very popular in French Guiana.

Aléké[edit]

Aléké is a style of drum-based music that arose in the 1950s. It is sort of like salsa music and merenge. The first major group was Salka, followed by major bands like Bigi Ting and Fondering. Modern performers include Bigi Monie (Saint-Laurent), Bigi Libi and Young Clémencia (Grand Santi), Wan Ton Melody and Big Control (Papaïchton), Slave and Bigi Laï (Maripasoula). Historical groups include Pokina and Lagadisssa (from Paramaribo), Clémencia and Alkowa (from Grand Santi), Rasta (from Papaïchton), Tranga Oousel (from Maripasoula), Mabouya (from Apatou), Switi Lobi (from Albina), Sapatia, Lespeki and Africa (from Saint-Laurent du Maroni).

Bigi Pokoe[edit]

The bigi pokoe is a style of dance music in the west of French Guiana and Suriname. It is traditionally played with drums and maracas, although today guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments are used.

Intermix, Tchoutcha, Inter Spoity (Apatou), Multi System and Compress 220v (Saint Laurent), who toured in Europe in 1999, are the main representatives of this style.

Bushee Negro music[edit]

Awassa, mato and soussa are important kinds of Bushee Negro music. Other rhythms and styles include kawina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nettl; Bruno Nettl, Ruth M. Stone, James Porter, Timothy Rice (2002). The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Taylor & Francis. p. 439. ISBN 0-8240-6040-7.