Disques Debs International Vol 1

Various Artists

Disques Debs International Vol 1

  • Label: Strut
  • Catalogue number: STRUT187LP
  • Format: 2 x LP
  • Genres: Afro, Calypso, Cumbia, Ethnic, Latin, Tropical, World
  • Origin: United Kingdom



Side 1
1. Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare - "Ces P'Tits Je T'Aime" (2:41)
2. Casimir Létang - "Travail Z'Enfants! Chantez Apres!" (2:06)
3. Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra - "Feeling Happy" (2:13)
4. Georges Tinedor Et Manuela Pioche - "Collie Et Zanno" (2:50)
5. Henri Debs Quintet - "Douce Kombass" (3:20)
6. Joseph Lacides - "Mr Morin" (2:59)

Side 2
1. Geno Exilie - "Lan Mise" (2:47)
2. Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rythme - "Salvana" (2:39)
3. Sydney Leremon Et Ses Amis Du Calvaire Baie-Mahault - "You You Matayango" (2:05)
4. Raymond Cicault Et Son Orchestre Volcan - "A Mon Ami Lucien Jolibois" (3:45)
5. Orchestre Esperanza Et Jean Leroy - "Ou Pas Bel" (2:23)
6. Henri Debs Sextet Et Paul Blamar - "Moin Ce On Malere" (3:33)

Side 3
1. Le Ry-Co Jazz - "Si I Bon Di I Bon" (5:05)
2. Remy Mondey - "Meringue Mondey" (2:54)
3. Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta - "Van Van" (3:35)
4. Les Shupa Shupa D'Haiti - "Batterie Shupa" (3:32)

Side 4
1. Paul Blamar Et Velo - "Lovency" (3:21)
2. Eric Virgal - "Stanislas" (2:57)
3. Les Aiglons - "Les Aiglons Ka Satisfait" (5:21)
4. Tutus De La Guyane - "Nanao Nanao" (3:45)
5. Guy Conquette - "Assez Fait Cancan" (2:24)

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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. 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 interview