In this episode we join a zouk party in the Antilles! We explore the birth and development of the zouk rhythm and its dance in Guadeloupe and Martinique. We touch on the pioneer role played by the famous band Kassav', the importance of the notion of creolness, and how the Caribbean rhythm sprung a new dance style in Brazil which then expanded across the world.
Our guest list is crème de la crème!: Pierre-Édouard Décimus is a legendary, innovative musician and composer and one of the founders of the group Kassav', who are the creators of the zouk rhythm. Dr. Dominique Cyrille is an advisor for museums, intangible cultural heritage, and industrial scientific knowledge at the ministry of culture, French Guiana office. Siblings Joyce-lee Duventru-huret and Stanley Duventru-huret are London-based artists, zouk dancers, choreographers, and instructors of Caribbean zouk. Ebonie Lee is a tech professional and Brazilian zouk dancer and connoisseur currently living in Denver, USA.
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Host/Producers: Andrés Hincapié, PhD; Melissa Villodas, PhD
Graphic Content Creator: Susan Mykalcio
Translation Services: An Hòang-Xuân
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