Various - Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La R̩union 1975-1986
Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on R̩union Island from the mid-‰Û÷70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by R̩unionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‰Û÷Ot̩ Maloya‰۪ follows up last year‰۪s acclaimed ‰Û÷Soul Sok S̩ga‰۪ release on Strut.
Traditional maloya, originally called ‰ÛÏs̩ga‰, described the songs, music and dances of slaves on the sugar plantations of R̩union Island in the 17th Century ‰ÛÒ 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 R̩unionese society from the 1930s as folklorist Georges Fourcade began to play maloya songs. By the ‰Û÷50s, maloya tracks were appearing on 78rpm releases and, in the ‰Û÷60s, it was used as a form of cultural protest music.
In the mid-‰Û÷70s, a new generation began exploring new directions in the music, using Cr̩ole language; many were self-taught and learned their craft in 1960s dance band ‰ÛÏorchestres‰. Andr̩ Chan-Kam-Shu‰۪s Studio Royal in the south of the island became the main hub for experimentation and collaboration. Most notably, the band Cam̩l̩on honed their sound here ‰ÛÒ with maloya legends Alain Peters and vocalist Herv̩ Imare involved, Cam̩l̩on became the leading collective on the scene, using poetic lyrics and creating their own potent fusion of maloya, jazz and psychedelia.
‰Û÷Ot̩ Maloya‰۪ tells the story of this fertile period in R̩union Island music for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From Cam̩l̩on‰۪s genius to the teenage Michou‰۪s classic ‰Û÷Maloya Ton Tisane‰۪, Daniel Sandi̩‰۪s breakbeat sleeper ‰Û÷D̩foule 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.
‰Û÷Ot̩ 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.