La Gâpette

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At the end of the 1980s – inspired by Les Négresses Vertes and Mano Negra – a new school was born in French world music. It was not only the music’s multicultural spice that gave it a refreshing impact, but also a plebeian flavour and punk-like energy that served as a model for the French bands of the following decades, including P18, Sergent Garcia, Les Hurlements d’Léo, N&SK and Lo’Jo.
Into this category also falls the Breton band La Gâpette, which appeared early in the millennium with a style they called “muzouche”, an attempt to express their musical influences in a single word. Harmonic bal-musette and manouche jazz fitted in nicely, but they had to cast rock and ska aside. Not to worry, since they are able to compensate their concert audiences for this minor loss several times over: their home is the stage, not the pigeon hole. Anyone who has ever seen them knows what we are talking about. And there have been plenty of occasions to see them: they have probably crossed Europe a thousand times by now. Their latest album of swing-punk chansons also emerged this year, so those who have worn out their copy of the band’s previous disc, Keep on Musettin’, will have something new to look forward to.

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