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Feeln on the 5th Online promotional event for the FEELn festival
Feeln festival

Promotional Launch of the FEELn festival

Chrstine Salem

Christine Salem

Singer, songwriter, composer Mayola music

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 traditional ­rectangular reed rattle, the kayamn. A channel to another time and place, she seems to fall into a trance while inducing the ­audience to do the same.

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