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Released: 30th Jun 2017


2LP + book

Released: 30th Jun 2017


a 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.

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”. ‘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 - an essential trip through a lost era of Indian Ocean blues and soul. the release comes with an extensive writings on the history of maloya.



  1. Caméléon – La Rosée Si Feuilles Songes
  2. Michou – Maloya Ton Tisane
  3. Jean Claude Viadère – Moin La Pas Fait Tout Sel
  4. Daniel Sandié – Défoule 3E Age
  5. Cormoran Group – P’Tit Femme Mon Gâté
  6. Marie Hélen Et Ses Créol’S – Séga Le Sport
  7. Françoise Guimbert – Tantine Zaza
  8. Vivi - Toé Même Maloya
  9. Pierrot Vidot – Commandeur
  10. Hervé Imare– 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 Le Même Cadence
  14. Vivi – Mi Bord’ A Toé
  15. Maxime Lahope - Sous Pied D’Camélias
  16. Gilberte - Serre Serre Pas
  17. Gaby Et Les Soul Men – Oh Maloya
  18. Hervé Imare – Mi Donne A Toué Grand Coeur
  19. Carrousel – Oté Maloya