What also characterizes Tanya Saint-Val in the world of music and singing is her longevity because being a professional artist in Guadeloupe is not easy. Indeed, it’s been more than thirty years since the Guadeloupean singer composes and sings, her fans always remained faithful to her and, over the decades, she seduced new generations of admirers. They were very numerous, last Saturday, November 17, to wait – after the award ceremony to the winners of the various categories of this 11th edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe that took place between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm – to enjoy the concert given by the one some people call “the diva of zouk” which was scheduled from 10:30 pm to midnight.
Tanya Saint-Val arrived on the stage of the Memorial ACTe wearing a casual and colorful clothes with her two choristers and her four musicians from French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. During this evening, she will sing, among others, music tracks that made her famous like “Mi chalè, “Carole”, “Misyé Pierrot”, “Tambou” etc.
However, at the beginning of the concert, the artist rather offered songs which were not very known to the public (including a composition by his father Tino Saint-Val) or new versions (Europeanized or Americanized, it will be said) of some of her zouk hits, perhaps to please potential foreign visitors… The crowd preferred to listen and watch the singer’s performance silently; the artist even said, “but you do not sing!”, in a voice full od sadness…
Finally, the moment that many spectators were waiting for arrived: the artist began to sing her purely zouk hits. So, the mostly local audience began singing, dancing and filming with mobile phones. This concert, which began shyly, ended in a good mood.