Born in French Guiana and raised in Martinique, songwriter and performer Chris Combette combines influences from his Creole roots, cultures in Africa and Europe with a variety of styles, including reggae, bossa nova, biguine, mazouk, soca, zouk, salsa, calypso and kompa to create a truly unique Caribbean sound. France’s Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Music (SACEM) honored Chris with best composer and lifetime achievement awards. He won the Prix Groove from the International Music Video Festival for the promotional video of his song “Salambo”. He has also won four LINDOR awards in French Guiana for best single, best composer, best album, and artist of the year. He collaborated and sang on the album Marronnage by the Martinique group Malavoi and recorded a duet, “Lonbraj’ An Pyé Mango”, with vocalist and zouk pioneer Jocelyn Beroard from one of the most popular Caribbean groups, Kassav. The song went on to become a big hit in France and the Caribbean. A major force in French Guiana, and having toured internationally, Chris’ latest album Les Enfants de Gorée was released last spring along with a promotional tour in Japan. In Tokyo he had an in-store performance at Tower Records Shibuya, a CD release party in Harajuku, and was a guest on Peter Barakan’s InterFM show Barakan Beat. In Kochi, he performed his version of Yosakoi Creole for the project “yosakoi mondial” at Tosa no Okyaku and also performed live at Love Jamaican and A’ Bar. Chris will perform at Sukiyaki Meets the World in Toyama Prefecture, in addition to his two week residency in Kochi for Kochi Sukiyaki.