OTÉ MALOYA: The Birth Of Electric Maloya on Réunion Island 1975-1986

OTÉ MALOYA: The Birth Of Electric Maloya on Réunion Island 1975-1986

STRUT RECORDS IS SET TO RELEASE OTÉ MALOYA ON JUNE 16TH.


Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya
scene on Réunion Island from the mid-‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined
traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a
whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La
Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok
Séga’ release on Strut.

Traditional maloya, originally called “séga”, described the songs, music and
dances of slaves on the sugar plantations of Réunion Island in the 17th
Century – maloya ceremonies paid tribute to ancestors and mediated between
the living and the dead. The music and culture began to be more widely
accepted by Réunionese society from the 1930s as folklorist Georges Fourcade
began to play maloya songs. By the ‘50s, maloya tracks were appearing on
78rpm releases and, in the ‘60s, it was used as a form of cultural protest
music.

In the mid-‘70s, a new generation began exploring new directions in the
music, using Créole language; many were self-taught and learned their craft
in 1960s dance band “orchestres”. André Chan-Kam-Shu’s Studio Royal in the
south of the island became the main hub for experimentation and
collaboration. Most notably, the band Caméléon honed their sound here – with
maloya legends Alain Peters and vocalist Hervé Imare involved, Caméléon
became the leading collective on the scene, using poetic lyrics and creating
their own potent fusion of maloya, jazz and psychedelia.

‘Oté Maloya’ tells the story of this fertile period in Réunion Island music
for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From
Caméléon’s genius to the teenage Michou’s classic ‘Maloya Ton Tisane’,
Daniel Sandié’s breakbeat sleeper ‘Défoule 3e Age’ and more traditional
styles from Maxime Lahope and Pierrot Vidot, this is an essential trip
through a lost era of Indian Ocean blues and soul.

‘Oté Maloya’ is released with an extensive booklet on CD and LP featuring a
history of maloya by Nathalie Valentine Legros of 7 Lames Lamer. All tracks
are fully remastered by The Carvery.

Tracklisting:

1. CAMÉLÉON – LA ROSÉE SI FEUILLES SONGES

2. MICHOU – MALOYA TON TISANE

3. JEAN CLAUDE VIADČRE – MOIN LA PAS FAIT TOUT SEUL

4. DANIEL SANDIÉ – DÉFOULE 3e AGE

5. CORMORAN GROUP – P’TIT FEMME MON GATÉ

6. MARIE HELEN ET SES CRÉOL’S – SÉGA LE SPORT

7. FRANÇOISE GUIMBERT – TANTINE ZAZA

8. VIVI - TOE MĘME MALOYA

9. PIERROT VIDOT – COMMANDEUR

10. HERVÉ – MELE-MELE PAS TOUÉ P’TIT PIERRE

11. GROUPE DAGO – RÉVEIL CRÉOLE

12. TI FOCK – SÉ PI BODIÉ

13. GABY ET LES SOUL MEN – C’EST LA MĘME CADENCE

14. VIVI – MI BORD’ A TOUE

15. GILBERTE - SERRE SERRE PAS

16. MAXIME LAHOPE - SOUL PIED D’CAMELIAS

17. GABY & LES SOUL MEN – OH MALOYA

18. HERVÉ – MI DONNE A TOUÉ GRAND CŚUR

19. CARROUSEL – OTÉ MALOYA