Singer, poet and dancer Ann O’Aro makes music that draws on the maloya traditions of her tropical island home of Réunion.
Maloya is a style of music, singing and dancing that has come to represent the heart and soul of the island. Originally it was the music of African and Madagascan slaves on the sugar plantations, who created it as an expression of sorrow and protest. This strong association to Creole culture meant that maloya was banned by the French state until the 1970s.
A mixture of rock, reggae, jazz poetry and slam, maloya now accompanies every social, political and cultural event on the island. Sung in Réunion Creole, and accompanied by percussion and musical bow, maloya is passed down from generation to generation in honour of the people’s ancestors.
Embracing this proud tradition, Ann’s daring songs aren’t afraid of confronting tough subjects. Her powerful writing is impregnated with robust language and linguistic tics: a poetic fulmination about island taboos and strong emotions, sexual violence, incest and love affairs.
Don’t miss this remarkable performer as she reveals life in all its brightness and shade.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 23 January 2020 7pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Standard $31 ($25 Concession)
This concert is set in-the-round. Seating in the Primrose Potter Salon is general admission.
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