Soleil Kréyol David Walters
- 2Kryé Mwen05:02
- 3Bwè Dlo03:56
- 4Pa Lé02:47
- 5Mama (Album Version)03:45
- 7Fo Bouger03:46
- 10Mèsi Bondyé04:48
- 11Soleil Kréyol04:03
Info for Soleil Kréyol
Creole Soul!" Two words are enough for David Walters to qualify his music. The exclamation point to support radicalism and faith in its purpose.
A lapidary definition behind the doors of which hides the maze of a culture that crosses the oceans, connects continents and islands by an invisible but powerful thread. A deeply ingrained bond that allows Africa, America, Europe, and the Caribbean to converse with each other with a language as universal as music, dance, carnivals, or ceremonies.
Spread on the globe; the different creole cultures find a point of convergence where they are all represented: New York.
In this city, where motivated by his friend photographer JR, he once gave a concert in the street, David Walters decided to set the scene for his new album.
After five years of traveling the world, meeting musicians for the TV show “The New Explorers” (Canal +), it is around this hyperactive city that he chose to shine his Créole Sun. To imbue his music with the state of mind and aesthetics that reigned in the 70s and 80s.
While in 2018, he soloes produced Nola Is Calling (an album recorded in New Orleans with the Creole community of Black Indians, selected by Gilles Peterson in the best of 2019 on BBC 6). That’s with the essential contribution of the musical mastermind Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart (Mr. President, Voilààà Sound System, Da Break ...) that David produced Soleil Kreyol.
More than a musical partner, Patchworks turned out to be the sound engineer David was looking for. The second part of an ideal pair, the one with whom, set on the same frequencies, he wrote, composed, recorded, played all the instruments. Thought all the arrangements, tweaked the details as carried by a continuous breath. Or rather a light. The “Soleil Kréyol” (Creole Sun).
Patchworks & David Walters, all instruments
Marine Thibault, flute
Clément Chetaille, guitar, keyboards
Olivier Koundouno, cello, guitar
Ibrahim Maalouf, trumpet
Vincent Ségal, cello
Célia Wa, vocals
Seun Kuti, vocals
A grandson of West Indians from Saint-Kitts and Martinique, David Walters, cofounder of the Bordeaux collective known as Zimpala, now lives in Marseille. A former top athlete, this young singer-songwriter-producer has given birth to an astonishing repertoire colored by electronic beats and acoustic folk, all with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence.
David Walters has now been signed by the independent Paris-based ¡Ya Basta! Records label (Gotan Project, Boyz from Brazil). His current work is an eclectic harmony of solo guitar, percussion (including the glass harmonica), sampling, and more, bringing together a variety of influences (afrobeat, electronica, pop and hip-hop).
After having participated to the Asian tour of the Ya Basta Sound-System, he recently did the support acts of Lenny Kravitz, Morcheeba or Jamiroquai as a singer.
Walters was already well known as a DJ and has opened for David Bowie, Les Négresses Vertes, Dupain. He has worked as remixer for Dupain, Zuco 103 and for Gotan Project, and has also produced one of the songs Brazilian singer Cibelle's first album.
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