nomadic maloya (La Réunion, France)
IF REUNION ISLAND IS A CROSSROADS WHERE THE CULTURES OF THE WORLD MEET, SAODAJ COULD BE ONE OF ITS SYMBOLS.
After 300 concerts in Reunion Island and abroad, Marie Lanfroy, Jonathan Itéma and their group have devoted themselves to the production of their new album: “Laz” (age in Reunionese Creole). The writing of this album combines the poetry of the Creole and French languages, traditional Maloya percussion and classical instruments such as the cello. Emancipation, justice, resilience: with passion and humility, the texts are indignant, the texts dream.
Saodaj’s committed poetry deals with fundamental themes such as the thirst for justice, the struggle for freedom, the duty to remember and to pass on. Their musical creation is experienced as a necessity: “It helps us to accept the world as it is offered to us today, with its beauties and uglinesses, without resigning ourselves to fatality.
Marie LANFROY – Vocal, Bobr’, Kayamb, Tarlon | Jonathan ITÉMA – Vocal, Roulèr, Sati-pikèr, Bobr’, Morlon, Triangle | Mélanie BADAL – Cello, Vocal | Frederick CIPRIANO – Sati-pikèr, Triangle, Kayamb | Blaise CADENET – Guitar, Percussions | Zélito DELIRON – Percussions, Ethnic flute, Roulèr, Vocal