Kawmélito (Official Video)

Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters

Taken from the album Abri Cyclonique, out 17 February 2023 on Real World Records.

In the tropical Caribbean forest a river runs, the streaming water drowning out the rustling of leaves, the pulse of insects and the birds’ cry. The song of a man, more powerful than that of the waters, rises to the tops of the ancient trees. Polobi, balanced on a rock, launches a melody towards the infinite sky. Drawing inspiration from the heart of the forest, Polobi and his musicians collaborate with idiosyncratic producer Doctor L, forging a radical new take on the Gwo Ka tradition of Guadeloupe.

Filmed across various locations in Guadeloupe by Louise Mootz
Playback of Polobi in the sugar cane field filmed by Oran Mullan
Editor: Oran Mullan
Producer: Valérie Malot, 3D Family
Consultant: Klod Kiavué
With thanks to: Nathalie Malot, Karen Paulina Biswell, Centre National de la Musique, Ministère des Outre-Mer, Préfet de la Région Guadeloupe.

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