Maloya

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Maloya is one of the two major music genres of Réunion, usually sung in Réunion Creole, traditionally with a purely percussion accompaniment. It has origins in the music of slaves on the island, as has the other folk music of Réunion, sega. It is sometimes compared to the American music, the blues.

Description

Compared to sega, maloya can be slow and reflective. Like the blues, maloya is based on a chant-response structure.

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Themes

Maloya songs are often politically oriented

Origins

It is often presented as having purely African origins. However, recently, possible influence from the sacred drumming in Tamil religious festivals has been identified, making maloya a hybrid genre, not just African but also incorporating Indian elements.

History

Maloya was banned until the sixties because of its strong association with creole culture. Performances by some maloya groups were banned...
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