Martinique Martinique Music
The Haitian Compas Festival is pleased to announce the opening of its second annual Martinique Music Festival in Miami, which makes Miami the Mecca of comp as the "compas of music" in the United States. The Martinique Tourism Authority has launched the first festival of its kind in the United States and the Caribbean, followed by two more events in New York City and Miami in June.
French Creole, the tongue of Martinique and Guadeloupe, is an important element and a distinctive part of the music. The use of the "Creole," especially in the public context, has become a symbol of identification and assertion that culturally distinguishes the people of Martinique from those of the metropolitan country.
Martinique is characterized by a melting pot of ethnic heritage, with trenches that go back to the time of slavery, giving its musical practice a unique contour.
This unique and distinctive genre of music is reflected in the music of Martinique, Guadeloupe and other parts of the Caribbean. French purists prefer to call it the Zouk Nouvelle generation, but the other style is the traditional love version of Zoukou and the newly created Soulzouk. The island produces the internationally known Zouk style, which is most often known only by its name concrete and is played as carnival music in Martinique. It produces a unique blend of American R & B, jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, blues and jazz.
Martinique also has jazz musicians and listens to jazz, both in traditional music and popular music. Important international musicians such as Branford Marsalis also performed, and there is a strong trend in Martinique to develop a new style of jazz music. The best jazz musician in the country will be introduced in "Jazz la Martiniques" and some of the most famous musicians in the world will be introduced, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Albertson Williams and others.
Personally, I think the Saint James Museum, with its Caribbean roots mixed with Caribbean music in a symbolic place, is a great moment. We celebrate the history of Martinique, its history and culture and the importance of the music of its inhabitants.
In the 1970s, a wave of Haitian immigrants to Martinique brought a sophisticated form of music that quickly swept the island, helping to unite the former French colonies in the Caribbean by combining the sounds of jazz, soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, and jazz. In France, where the genre has become an important symbol of identity for both Martiniques and Guadeloupe, Zouk's popularity is as great as it is in France itself. Kassav is also found in other parts of the country, such as the Creole speaking population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Its origins date back to 18th century France and its origins lie in Haiti, but its popularity was so great that it is now part of France's cultural heritage.
The Mizik-Zouk section includes a Haitian popular music style known as the compas cadenza (beguine), a mixture of Haitian cadenzas and Trinidadian calypso that became popular in Dominica in the 1970s. Artists are usually marketed as singers rather than bands and come from Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, Guyana and Trinidad. Although some prefer to beg for zouk, for example, there is also a wide variety of dance music, which is known to be enjoyed by young people both in Martiniques and in other parts of the world.
For many years, the musical environment in which the entire population of Martinique identifies has been defined essentially by his music. Of course, zouk is the most popular form of dance music in the West Indies, but it is also an attempt by the Martinicans to represent the idea that the image of the French West Indies would remain Creole to confront modernity. Although undeniably a local Franco-Antillean character, it is internationally oriented and can compete with reggae, soca and, in particular, salsa, which are very popular in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Europe.
French Creole, the tongue of Martinique and Guadeloupe, is an important element and a distinctive part of the music. It is musically directly related to traditional drum music, which sounds very different, but is also called biguine and comes from West Africa. The term kwadril is another Creole term that refers to a folk dance derived from the quadrille.
The rhythm, whose name in Creole means "party," was born from the legendary band Kassav, founded by two of Martinique's most famous musicians, Jean-Pierre Broussard and Pierre Guevarais. Haitian compas that began their triumphant march in the 1950s and lasted until the late 1960s, but their popularity abroad died relatively quickly. Haitian compAS, which took on a life of its own after its introduction to Les Guesstins de Guadeloupe, lasted for a few years before regaining popularity in a relatively short period of time, from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s.