Zamor takes us on a journey through time to discover another facet of Caribbean music.”
Zamor Glenroy is an artist who takes us into the world of Caribbean music, which until now was known only through Reggae or Zouk.
CALYPSO MUSIC / 2020
ZAMOR GLENROY is author, composer, performer. He plays several instruments: Keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, percussion. He sings in French, Creole, patois, and English. Zamor Glenroy is from the English-speaking islands (Dominica). He grew up in Guadeloupe. He comes from a family of musicians, whose father is Lord Tokyo.
His father, originally from Dominica, lived in New York. Crowned King of Calypso in 1969, Hayden Desire, (alias Lord Tokyo, died in 2015) was one of the precursors (Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Lord Shorty, ...) allowed the export of Caribbean music around the world (UK = Portobello Carnaval - Notting Hill). Zamor Glenroy inherited this passion for music, but also his father’s vocal talent.
Today, imbued with the heritage where his father had allied the music calypSO CAdence which gave birth to the SOCA, Zamor Glenroy makes us discover all this unknown musical universe as well as all the richness of this music, and we walk in Funk sounds, Soul, Soca, Reggae, Ska, ...
A rain does not harvest.” Creole proverb
#2002 Arrived in France
Zamor quickly finds his way to the studios and meets musicians artists. He starts touring with them and he discovers France (Brittany, Vendée, La Rochelle, Orléans, ...). Recognized as an agile pianist, he accompanies among others, Papa Wemba at the Zénith de Paris. With time, he managed to interpret some of his songs, despite that, his need to broadcast on his behalf his own music becomes more and more pressing.
That’s how he released his first album in 2015 : LOVE ME TOMORROW with Cassandra Henry. The promotion of this album will not happen because the conditions for a good production were not met.
Zamor has since been accompanied and supported by renowned musicians: David Jno Baptiste, Léon Teoquer, Vi Avelino Quilez (Tiken Jah, Jimmy Cliff, Alpha Blondy, Mano Solo, Ray Lema).
Under the artistic direction of Fadila Tatah, they decided to tell the story of Calypso music. Indeed, while they had decided to participate in a remix contest : Wolves Without Teeth - Of Monster And Men. They decided to create a Reggae version. The contest was won by Zamor on site, but the record company opted for an American DJ who made a Techno Dance style of music listed in a TROPICAL register. To the question: "Why do they call this type of music tropical music?" Zamor replied: "Because it is CADENCE". From there, Fadila proposed to Zamor to tell the story of music CALYPSO, CADENCE (SOCA).
Concerts in New York (SOB’s, SILVANA)
Beginning of recordings and production of the 1st volume of the history of Calypso music.
Stop live recordings, no rehearsals, Lockdown
Composition of additional tracks 1st + of the 2nd volume of the history of Calypso music, including GRATITUDE, in tribute to people who have devoted themselves, even sacrificed during the pandemic.
Release of the first volume of the series : history of Calypso music. A double album : BELIEVE ME, 22 tracks. Available on platforms at the end of April 2022.
What is the blue note ?
"I am often told that the singing of ZAMOR GLENROY is unusual. After checking with the music theory professionals, it turns out that Zamor sings using BLUE NOTES. To stay in the chords, this type of singing is difficult to achieve, it is great art, and this, according to the assertions of the artists consulted." Fadila Tatah
The "blue note" was born in response to a "problem" that was decisive in the creation of the blues. Indeed, African American singers were hindered by the distribution of the heights of the western range, especially the Mi, the Si and the Sol, in C Major. Despite them, the singers were bending the E towards the E flat, sliding from one to the other, always in instability without ever resting on one of these notes. As a result, African American singers introduced minor notes into the major range, for example, they sang Mi flat while playing the instrument Mi chord. These notes, which destabilized the chord by their internal contradictions, the sadness of the minor in the major chord, were called the "blue(s) notes" -blue notes-. From these small defects, a new harmony and melody were born: that of the blues. A less theoretical world than it seems because the musicians were long deprived of the teaching of solfège.