Ote Maloya: The Birth Of Elec­tric Maloya On Réu­nion Is­land 1975-1986

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Rebel mu­sic and re­demp­tion songs from Réu­nion Is­land in the In­dian Ocean.

Maloya was con­ceived by slaves work­ing the sugar plan­ta­tions of Réu­nion. First played with per­cus­sion and mu­si­cal bow, built around call and re­sponse, by the ’60s it was the main voice of protest with groups of­ten banned from play­ing it live. But the mu­sic still evolved, and by the mid ’70s, where this com­pi­la­tion be­gins, it pro­vided a pow­er­ful cul­ture clash of east meets west, with older acous­tic in­stru­ments fus­ing with elec­tric gui­tars and Fen­der Rhodes pi­ano. At the move­ment’s cen­tre was Caméléon, who drew on Hen­drix and Weather Re­port to de­liver rare groove such as 1977’s La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes. They were also the en­gine room for many oth­ers on the scene, in­clud­ing Mi­chou, an ex­cep­tional vo­cal­ist be­hind the hyp­notic soul of the same year’s Maloya Ton Tisane. Lois Wil­son

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