The title theme states straight away the position of this young singer and songwriter who joined the crew of ¡YA BASTA! in 2002. “Awa” means “no” in the West Indies… “But it’s a positive refusal, as a life path that keeps you on track and open to new, good people, for good things to emerge.”
Above all, this introduction reveals the multiple sources of the original gumbo composed by this young songsmith: electronic saturation, rhythmical roots, melodic thread… And then the Caribbean classic, “Mesi Bon Dyé” by the seminal Franz Casseus, a Haitian composer who left a clear mark in the minds of the tropic.
An internal exile, DAVID WALTERS gives a slimmed down version, simply dressed with a few silky loops. Between the lines of this sweet-and-sour text, the young man situates himself in the long history of West-Indian songwriters, of whom he is undoubtedly an heir, both in terms of themes – with clear awareness – and music – frankly creolized.