Queen of Maloya: Christine Salem
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$35; WMI Member $30; Students $20; Children $5
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From Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the "potent, indefatigable contralto (The New York Times)" Christine Salem is the greatest living champion of maloya, a nearly-extinct musical tradition rooted in the work songs and chants of the island's African slaves. The hypnotic, percussion-driven music is based on rhythms played during ceremonies dedicated to ancestors and is layered with rousing call-and-response vocals. A force of nature on stage, Salem delivers socially-conscious lyrics in Creole, Malagasy, Comorian and Swahili, while shaking out the tempo on a rectangular reed rattle, the kayamn. A channel to another time and place, she seems to fall into trance while inducing the audience to do the same.

Presented by World Music Institute.


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