In the 1980s, zouk was a soundtrack to life for many people in the French West Indies. The style, which drew inspiration from funk, boogie, Latin and African music, could be heard blaring out of public buses driving around the region’s islands. It was also played at parties, called tans, where two main dance styles emerged: zouk béton, which was quick and cheery, and zouk love, which was slow and sultry. The music from this era is captured on Digital Zandoli 1 and 2, compilations put together by two diggers, Julien Achard and Nicolas Skliris, for the French label Heavenly Sweetness. Welcome back Digital Zandoli, Rotterdam loves you.
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