Jean-Marc Monnerville, better known as Kali, was born in Fort-de-France, Martinique in 1956. After traveling to Paris to study music in the 1970s, Kali returned to Martinique, where he played in a number of local bands, including 6ème Continent (Sixth Continent), which fused the traditional folk music of Martinique with reggae. Kali ultimately decided to pursue a solo career, focusing on the banjo-driven swing of beguine. Biguine, which experienced international fame in the 1930s and was immortalized in the 1938 Cole Porter song “Begin the Beguine,” is rooted in the folkloric bèlè dance with added touches of European ballroom dances such as mazurkas and quadrilles as well as New Orleans jazz swing.

French Caribbean CD French Caribbean


A musical cruise of the French Caribbean with a selection of fun, upbeat zouk, compas, twoubadou, biguine and more

Caribe! Caribe! CD Caribe! Caribe!

Join us on a Caribbean journey and party the night away. Features Beethova Obas, Don Carlos, Krosfyah, Kali, Osha, and more

Caribbean Party CD Caribbean Party

The infectious, hip-shaking rhythms of zouk, soca, compas and reggae

Christmas Around The World CD Christmas Around The World

A collection of Christmas songs performed by artists from all over the globe