Sonny Troupé

In concert in Salon

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Château de l'Empéri

Sonny was born in February 1978. His father, George Troupé, a saxophonist, introduced him to a variety of music styles (jazz, gwoka, classical music, latin music, zouk…). The first instrument he played was the “ka” drum. Though he was taught to play in the traditional way, he rapidly evolved toward a more modern approach. At 6, he joined Kimbol, a band of Modern GwoKa, as a” Makè”, ka drum solo. At 8, he began studying drums and vibraphone by himself. From 1986 to 1995 he learnt music theory and ka at Marcel Lollia Music School in Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe. In 1994, Theomel Ursul taught him the traditional rhythms of the French West Indies (beguine and mazurka).

In 1996 he left Guadeloupe to France. His musical experience was enriched by his participation to a symphonic orchestra, standard jazz bands, metal, fusion, soul, funk and reggae groups. He also studied at the Conservatoire National de Toulouse, in the Agostini Drum School from which he graduated and got the Superior Prize in piano, option Harmony Jazz.

For more than 10 years he has been playing with David Murray, Kenny Garrett, Reggie Washington, Mario Canonge, Daby Touré, Trio Laviso, Raghunath Manet, Solo Cissoko, Dédé Saint Prix… He also created the Sonny Troupé Quartet in 2010, the Fabso concept in 2007 and an Afro jazz punk trio “La face cachée des sous-bois” in 2003. He did studio recording with Jacques Schwarz Bart, Magic Malik, Lionel Loueke, Alain Jean Marie, Linley Marthe, Grégory Privat, Franck Nicolas…