Chris Combette (Good music) !

Chris Combette (Good music) !
by Arthimis



A native of French Guyana, raised on the French West Indian island of
Martinique, Chris Combette (pronounced: Come-bet) has successfully
introduced the musical traditions of the Caribbean to listeners in
France, where he has resided since the mid-1980s. His debut album, Plein
Sud, released in 1995, was nominated for five SACEM (French ASCAP)
awards and resulted in him being named "songwriter of the year." The
title video clip of his second effort, Salambo, which explored his
Creole heritage, was a finalist in the Radio France International Video
Festival in 1997. Teaching himself to play bass and guitar, Combette
played with such Martinique-based musicians as Tony Chasseur and
Rastafarian banjo player, Kali. As a member of a popular band, Silence,
he began to develop his own style. Finishing his education in Paris,
Combette supported his musical career as a math teacher in France. He
left teaching, in the mid-1990s, to focus on his music. Combette made
his North American, in March 1998, with a well-received showcase at
South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. The same year, he recorded a duet
with vocalist Jocelyn Beroard of popular Martinique-based band, Kassav'
that became a hit in the Caribbean islands and France. ~ Craig Harris,
All Music Guide 


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