A fantastic collection of French political music in many varieties – songs recorded over the space of two decades, not just on the Paris scene – but from Francophone outposts around the world! The styles here are often very hip – unusual crossbreeds of jazz, traditional rhythms, spoken passages, sung lyrics, and other modes – all tracks hand-selected by the rapper Roce, as a way to showcase the more righteous, progressive sides of French music before the rise of hip hop! If you're a fan of the Saravah Records label, you'll definitely get the spirit here – and much of the music reflects the changes happening in the post-colonial years, when the former global outposts of France were turning into unique hotspots for cross-cultural activity. Titles include "Le Trottoire D'En Face" by Pierre Akendengue, "Pitie" by Eugene Mona, "Complexium" by Dane Belany, "Abitrer Le Confit" by Ho Chi Minh, "Monsieur L'Indien" by Peloquin/
Sauvageu, "On Les Aime Bien" by Francis Bebey, "Demenagement" by Salah Sadaoui, "La Pievure" by Colette Magny, "Le Mal Du Pays" by Manno Charlemagne, "Discours Melanesia 200" by Jean Marie Tjibaou, and "Je Suis Un Sauvage" by Alfred Panou & Art Ensemble Of Chicago.
(Includes a download of the English version of the booklet!)