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Winner of the ‘Music of the Indian Ocean’ prize, Reunion Island-born Maya Kamaty wins hearts by reimagining island blues and maloya, the original Creole dance music of her homeland. Despite being cradled by the stories told by her mother, and the music & poetry sung by her father Gilbert Pounia and his band Ziskakan, Maya did not make music her calling until she left Reunion Island to study in France. While Maya’s songs are grounded in maloya, she transcends its boundaries to create her own intimate folk stylings, which also incorporate French chanson and Indian & African influences. Notably, Maya is one of today’s only popular female interpreters of maloya, which is traditionally sung by males. Accompanied by traditional instruments such as the kayamb and rouler, and driven by an intense passion for mixing cultures, Maya Kamaty is an emerging global artist with exceptional promise.

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MAYA KAMATY

(REUNION ISLAND/FRANCE)