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Delgres (Guadeloupe/France)

CONCERTS

  • March 2  7pm KEISTUOLIAI THEATRE, Vilnius
  • March 3  8pm club RAMYBE, Palanga BILIETAI.LT
  • March 7  7pm club OAZE, Kaunas

LINE-UP

  • Pascal Danae-vocal, guitar
  • Baptiste Brondy – drums, back vocal
  • Raphaël Gouthiere - sousaphone

Born in the Parisian suburb to Caribbean parents, Pascal Danaë picked up his first guitar at age 15 beginning the journey of a globe-trotting musician who would one day share the stage with Harry Belafonte, Neneh Cherry, Peter Gabriel, Gilberto Gil,Youssou N' Dour, Ayo… and has recorded, co-written or sung duets with the likes of Morcheeba, Richard Bona, Souad Massi, Yael Naïm, Asa and Mayra Andrade ( He wrote her single “We used to call it love”)

Danaë’s blend of Creole, West African, Rock and Delta Blues made him, for the seven years that he lived in London, an «in demand» musician. Back to Paris, he records his first solo album, acoustic and intimate, LONDON-PARIS, co produced with Jack Guy ( INXS) a collection of songs he wrote while living in the UK.

Danae has teamed up with brazilian singer Orlando Morais and producer Jean Lamoot (Nneka, Salif Keita, Noir Desir, Alain Baschung, Souad Massi....) co-writing, co-producing and performing an exciting new project called “ Riviere Noire”. Awarded Best World Music Album at the Victoires de la musique 2015. ( French grammy awards).

At present, drawing closer to his caribbean roots Danae founded the Delgres trio with drummer Baptiste Brondy and Sousaphone player Rafgee.
Here a lifetime of experience and musicianship comes together.
Delta blues , an old Dobro guitar, rough sounds dancing around the Creole language from guadeloupe. Like being on a boat, bootlegging between New Orleans, and Pointe a Pitre. Bringing back to life the historical link between the french west indies and Louisiana.

In 1802, only 8 years after it was abolished by French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte restored slavery in the French colonies.In Guadeloupe, Mixed blood Commander Louis Delgrès gave his life to prevent the return of the abomination. In vain.Once Delgres and his supporters dead, fierce repression fell upon Guadeloupe ...Thousands where forced to exile ... some to Louisiana,  birthplace of the Blues ...

Delgres could well be the missing link in caribbean culture. Or could it be  the missing link of blues ??

Anonymous, deported once again,  fleeing Bonapartist repression of 1802.From Guadeloupe to America, still the air vibrates from the remaining fragrance of a secret blues, whispered solely at night fall. Long forgotten heroes that only the  heart remembers…  father, mother, cousin, brother or friend that no one will ever mention in books or papers but who gave everything, silently. Such as Louise Danae ( Pascal’s ancester) freed from slavery in 1841 along with her three children. She was 27.

Delgres, retrieved memory of blended songs, dances and tears of the long lost drifting souls of New-Orleans. When the blues gets loud! Sound of rust, struggle and hope.

A broken barrel of guadeloupean rum flooding the mississipi delta, getting everybody drunk. So much so that africans, indians, poor whites and all the others don’t really know where to stand anymore; so they dance! They dance to that ragged blues!

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