On June 13, Jil Pétrus released a single entitled “Gwada”. Composed in collaboration with Élisabeth Gatibelza, this swinging Afro-Caribbean track is presented as “an ode” to the artist’s origins and to Guadeloupe. In this song, Jil speaks to his island as he would to a woman, and sings its praises.
Jazz training, the guitarist also included a guitar solo in a style reminiscent of American George Benson, as well as the inevitable drum-ka.
The video accompanying “Gwada” was filmed on well-known Guadeloupe sites such as the Porte d’Enfer in Anse-Bertrand, Grande-Terre and the lighthouse in Vieux-Fort, Basse-Terre.
Since June, the singer and musician has been touring the archipelago, performing in hotels and restaurants to promote this single and other songs. Jil Pétrus describes himself as “a phenomenon that absolutely must be heard and discovered”…