Various Artists - Oté Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Réunion Island 1975-1986 (Strut Records)

With 'Oté Maloya', the first international compilation focusing on nineteen seventies electric maloya, Reunion DJ duo La Basse Tropicalen presents a successor for last year's 'Soul Sok Séga'. Maloya was a collective term for the songs, dances and music of the slaves laboring on the sugar cane plantations of Réunion. During maloya-ceremonies (the word has different meanings in many East African languages: in Mozambique, maloya means "summoning" and "witchcraft", in Zimbabwe: "great magician", and in Madagascar maloy aho means: "to speak up, to say what one has to say") the ancestors were honored and one mediated between the living and the dead. From the 1930s onwards, the genre kept gaining in popularity after French-Réunion folklorist Georges Fourcade started to incorporate maloya songs into his repertoire. During the nineteen sixties, the genre was used as protest music for a while, but in the seventies a whole new generation started experimenting with maloya, using western instruments alongside traditional ones like the kayamb, the bobre, the sati or the pikèr. One of the most famous formations from that period was Caméléon, a band that with 'La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes' also provided the opening track for this compilation. Excellent insight on a perhaps lesser known chapter from world music history.


Added: Jun 29, 2017