Zouk All Stars
Luc Léandry became known in the late 1980s with his debut album, Fanm bo Kannal, when zouk was booming in the Francophone world. He quickly became one of the leading recording artist of Debs Music productions and was surrounded by artists like Francky Vincent, Eric Brouta, Henri Debs, and Georges Decimus and Jacob Desvarieux. In 1994, he won the Maracas Gold Award with his single “Dans Tes Yeux” ( In Your Eyes ) which topped almost all of the hit parade charts, and went on to be a huge hit on radios and in nightclubs. Based in Paris for a number of years, he is now the owner of his own recording studio and founded his own production company, LikidLikid Productions. He continues his own recording work in zouk and produces several albums each year. Luc is known as the King of Zouk !
Throughout her career spanning 25 years, Tanya St Val has joyfully experimented with a wide variety of musical styles. Zouk, of course, has earned her fame, from her African tours with Expérience 7 and Zouk Machine (in the late 80s) to the legendary stages of the Zénith (June 2000) and l’Olympia (December 2002).
But the girl from Basse-Terre has also sung, in her inimitable style, beside the most famous of French rockers, Johnny Halliday (1994); rap artists: Passi, Doc Gynéco, Neg Marrons; the new wave of Guadeloupean music: Akiyo and Dominique Coco; and Compas: Magnum Band and Alan Cavé. Not to mention, Biguine with Malavoi and her two passions, Gospel and Blues, duos with Francis Cabrel, Michael Jones, Paul Person and Patrick Verbaeck on the concept “Autour du Blues.”
With nearly a dozen albums recorded, not including her numerous collaborations with other artists and concerts around the world, Tanya is considered as a Diva in the pantheon of Caribbean music.
Zouk Machine is one of the most successful female trios in the West Indies. Formed in 1986 by Guy Houllier and Yves Honoré of Experiment 7, the group attracted international attention with their groundbreaking album, Maldòn, in 1990. Zouk Machine has undergone several personnel changes since its inception. While the original trio featured sisters Christiane Obydol andDominique Zorobabel and Joëlle Ursull, the departure of Ursull after six months was followed by a lengthy period as a vocal duo. Although the 1998 addition ofJane Fostin cemented the group's sound, her decision to embark on a solo career seven years later left the future of Zouk Machine in doubt. Christian Obydol took up the mantle and forged on with the Zouk Machine concept that she created and now tours worldwide as Zouk Machine.