SIMANGAVOLE perform the traditional yet powerful Maloya rhythm, the music of the slaves of Réunion island, a French territory located in the Indian Ocean between Mauritius and Madagascar. Maloya is usually sung in Réunion Creole, traditionally with a purely percussion accompaniment. Maloya can be compared to the American music of the blues, often lyrically reflective speaking of the woes of life, slavery and poverty and is similar in its chant-response structure. Maloya also has links to Sega, the folk music of the Mascarene Islands which comprise Mauritus, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Réunion. Maloya was banned until the sixties because of its strong
“Natano Pasifika” is a group of six talented traditional and contemporary Melanesian musicians who will be touring to Mozambique this May for the Music Crossroads Mozambique music camp and festivals. “Natano” is a word in Namaku language from Tongoa island in Vanuatu. It means ‘our land’. The name Natano Pasifika was chosen by the group to represent the Pacific islands as land rising from the ocean. With instruments including the bush bass, ukulele, bamboo flute, guitar, tamtam and navarange, and traditional songs and traditional ‘Kastom’ dancing, Natano Pasifika display some of the rhythms and styles of Vanuatu and the
I have been a percussionist since 2005. I learned traditional music with a singing and dancing group from my neighbourhood. In 2010, I played in the 4th cultural national festival and I have performed in various festivals all over the country.
Nikki Michail - Gypsy Filmmaker / Photographer / Media Trainer After completing a Bachelor of Film & TV Production at Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) in 2002, Nikki has undertaken a wide range of projects - travelling nationally and internationally to do so. Passionate about photography, film, music, community and culture, these projects see her fulfill various roles in the creation of documentaries, films, music videos, photography, events co-ordination, media training and workshops; primarily in Indigenous communities within Australia & the Pacific region.
Nomads Palace is a world first collective hub for Indigenous enterprise which re-purposes spaces and retails Indigenous arts and cultural products. These products each have a strong story that connects back to the place and community from whence it came, providing quality assurance and authenticity. Nomads Palace will offer music from Indigenous groups around the world, boutique cultural items, organic products, textiles and apparel made from quality, environmentally-friendly materials.
ZHONU "NUI" MOON A.K.A FUTURE ROOTS Percussionist/Producer:Skilled with a broad array of percussion instrumentation in the Afro , Latin , Polynesian and Arabic disciplines as well as more contemporary way of forging sound through the use of synths ,programming and DJing. The music played by Future Roots reflects a rich life journey that has allowed him to be able to draw directly on his experiences of having seen and connected with so many cultures and ways of life through travel and music. Future Roots view of the world and the music he makes has been strongly influenced by his upbringing
I grew up singing in church as most Tongans do. My father was a minister and may have watched "The Sound of Music" one too many times and eagerly assembled his children together to learn harmonies and many many traditional songs. At 8 I joined the Tongan Brass Band with my father, I played trumpet right up until I was 16. During this time I also started to play guitar and learnt by watching my uncles play. I learnt guitar as a way to accompany my voice and the songs I had been experimenting with - mainly R&B and Reggae