Sone Ka La

Sone Ka La

Sone Ka La

Line-up : Jacques Schwarz-Bart (sax), Malika Tirolien (chant), Sonny Troupé (percussions), Arnaud Dolmen (batterie), Grégory Privat (piano), et Reggie Washington (bass).

The jewels of today's Caribbean jazz (Gregory Privat, Arnaud Dolmen, Sonny Troupe, Reggie Washington, Malika Tirolien and Jacques Schwarz-Bart), gathered around the heritage of Gowka for a new version of Sane Ka La ( Let the drums sound)


Soné Ka La was released in 2005. It is a flagship project of Caribbean jazz, having been played in 23 countries and on continents. Soné Ka La has inspired young artists in Marinique, Trinidad, Haiti, Senegal, France, England, USA, Brazil and even in Japan where the Ka drum is now taught.

It is also, among other achievements, the respect generated by this project that earned me to become a teacher at the Berklee school.

For a few years, I have set out to write the rest of the project. I will propose the new compositions under the title of Soné Ka La II.

The big difference with the first opus of Sonekala is that all the melodies are not only played on the sax, but also sung. In addition, there are more electrical elements: keyboards, bass, effects on the sax. Finally, instead of two ka drums, I mixed ka and drums to give a more current touch to the overall sound.

The musicians assembled around Sone Kala II are the jewels of today's Caribbean jazz. it is literally a "dream team".

There is Malika Tirolien in song. Heir to the artistic legacy of Tiroliens by Marie Galante, she shines among the most prominent groups on the contemporary jazz scene: Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Bokanté. At the same time a virtuoso of the voice and a composer of high flying.

The pianist is Grégory Privat, who has released several albums under his name and shares his contagious trance like a fiery dervish. A talent like we had never seen since Alain Jean Marie's young years.

On the drums and at the Ka we have respectively Arnaud Dolmen and Sonny Troupé. They are both the foals of the Kimbol school of Georges Troupé in Ste Anne: both technicians / magicians on their instrument, flying happily between their supreme knowledge of the Ka tradition, and their mastery inspired by contemporary jazz. They have already brought their stone to the Caribbean culture by albums which have been sleeping and already made date.

Last but not least, there is the great Reggie Washington on bass. He was bassist for Steve Coleman, Brandford Marsalis and many others. We got to know each other in the groups of Roy Hargrove and later Meshell N'Degeocello. He is one of the undisputed masters of groove. He knows the rhythms of Gwo ka well for having participated in several Growka Jazz albums that I produced, both under my name and for Japanese artists.


CréditsAgence Oui