Michel Mado and Fanswa Ladrézeau are what is called “an old couple”. Even if the human relationship is more and more superficial, especially in the artistic world, these two musicians have been working together for several years. In 2016, they released their first record “Rékonésans”. At the start, some people could have wondered what they share or what they want to express by forming a partnership for this music project in view of the fact that Michel Mado is a pianist and Fanswa Ladrézeau is a singer and a drum ka player or “tanbouyé”… Both succeeded in mixing their art and offering a music colour that, apparently, the public enjoys a lot. As the years go by, several great musicians worked with the pair and contributed to “perpetuate”, in a way, the project.
On Wednesday, November 21, from 8:30 pm to 10:00, the pair Mado & Ladrézeau was the guest on the stage of the 11th edition and 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe located at the Memorial ACTe in Pointe-à-Pitre. It was not alone on the podium because it was with talented and well-known musicians such as guitarist Christian Laviso, bass guitarist Linley Marthe from Mauritius, drummer Sonny Troupé and the young saxophonist Sylvain Joseph.
For hour and a half concert, these artists played Creole jazz where the ka drum was prominent to the delight of the members of the audience who were, mostly, jazz and local music (biguine, gwoka etc.) lovers. Fanswa Ladrézeau who also is one of the leaders of “Akiyo” band made his beautiful voice heard; Michel Mado also sang even if he does not consider himself a singer…
Two times, the audience attended a spectacular dance show by Guadeloupean dancer Ovide Carindo. His performance between dance and theatre to illustrate the song “Krak-la” by Fanswa Ladrézeau – released in 1993 on “Akiyo” album titled “Mouvman” – was very realistic and moving.