The band Delgres‘ name comes from Louis Delgrès, a military officer of African descent who died in Guadeloupe in 1802, fighting Napoleon’s reinstatement of slavery. That powerful history may be the undercurrent of the band’s funky, blues-driven sound, but leader Pascal Danaë is clear about the Delgres’ mission on stage: “People come to the concert to have a good time. We share a good time, it’s not a history book.” This tight trio features Danaë on dobro and vocals, Rafgee on sousaphone, and Baptiste Brondy on drums and vocals. It’s easy to hear the combined musical lineages of Caribbean, African, and Mississippi Delta. “This trio connects the dots between the musical styles — and often-tragic histories — of three points in the French-speaking world: Guadeloupe in the Caribbean (an overseas region of France), New Orleans, and Paris. But the music is buoyant, in a raucous, rollicking setup of guitar, voice, sousaphone, and drums” (NPR, All Songs Considered).
Pascal Danae-Guitar and vocals
Baptiste Brondy- Drums and vocals