Delgrès “Promis Le Ciel” 

February 2024 | MUSIC, 24/02

The name of this group comes from Louis Delgrès, a republican and anti-slavery man who preferred to die with his companions rather than surrender to the Napoleonic troops who had come to re-establish slavery in Guadeloupe. Needless to say, you’ll find some lyrics with political connotations, but also some more universal stuff. The vocals are split between French and Creole, with a hint of English. From the outset, the trio has played Creole blues with guitar, drums and, partly as a distinctive feature, a sousaphone for bass. Far less rough and bluesy than their first album, ‘Mo Jodi’, their third to date is both more subtle and more open to multiple influences. Some of the tracks are very pop, with a greater emphasis on melody, and there are even some ballads featuring Pascal Danae’s voice. What hasn’t changed is the band’s ability to write real anthems, as in the case of the title track, whose lyrics are unfortunately relevant to all eras.