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Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Reunion 1975-1986

Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Reunion 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 Reunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, Ote Maloya follows up last year’s acclaimed Soul Sok Sega release on Strut. Traditional maloya, originally called 'séga', described the songs, music and dances of slaves on the sugar plantations of Reunion 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 Reunionese 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 Creole language; many were self-taught and learned their craft in 1960s dance band “orchestres”. Andre Chan-Kam-Shu’s Studio Royal in the south of the island became the main hub for experimentation and collaboration. Most notably, the band Cameleon honed their sound here – with maloya legends Alain Peters and vocalist Herve Imare involved, Cameleon became the leading collective on the scene, using poetic lyrics and creating their own potent fusion of maloya, jazz and psychedelia. Ote Maloya tells the story of this fertile period in Reunion Island music for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From Cameleon’s genius to the teenage Michou’s classic Maloya Ton Tisane, Daniel Sandie’s breakbeat sleeper Defoule 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. Both formats come with an extensive booklet featuring a history of maloya by Nathalie Valentine Legros of 7 Lames Lamer. All tracks are fully remastered by The Carvery.

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