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October 22, 2009

my friend gio sent me a bunch of haitian zouk and kompas this summer that i have been sleeping on for a while. i started listening to zouk in the most roundabout way possible. in my search for kuduro and kwaito a few years back, i stumbled upon a bunch of kizomba tracks.. kizomba is angolan zouk sung in portuguese that migrated over from the caribbean. in the near future, i will post some of my favorite kizombas, but i wanted to share some zouk first.

k&z are really chilled out r&b genres heavily influenced by the older and more dancey kompas. when i’ve shared my appreciation for kizomba/zouk to some of my music nerd friends, they’ve been vaguely derisive about it. it’s really not as musically compelling or exciting as something like kuduro or funana; its not as rootsy as cumbia, or as universally celebrated as soca. it’s just really laidback bar music. when i listen to it, i imagine being in some beach town on a hot night. fans are blowing on the pastel paint-chipped dance floor. a half-drunk couple dances slowly to their favorite jam. yes, i feel these songs.

Talina, “Pour Te Revoir” ゲット [DL]

Jocelyne Béroard, “Siwoゲット [DL]

andres and maggie, doesn’t this song remind you of similar japanese r&b pop jams?

V-Ro feat. Rimshot Crew “Jou” ゲット [DL]

gio also sent me some tabou combo. this group has been around forever and ever. i remember loving their jams when jenny and i took c. washburne’s salsa, soca, and reggae class in spring ’04. i fell deep into some old tc footage youtubing last night and found these gems celebrating their historical tour of panama in ’79.

Tabou Combo, “Tu As Vole” ゲット [DL]

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