M’Toro Chamou, a vocalist and guitarist from Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, has a new album titled Sika Mila (Le Cri de l’Océan Indien).
Sika Mila means preserve your culture and is scheduled for release on April 26, 2019. The album showcases Mahoran culture on an island experiencing a transformation ever since it became the 101st department of France in 2011.
To M’Toro Chamou, appreciating his culture, his roots, and identity is a necessity that must not be lost to the detriment of a culture that is not his own, or else fall into oblivion.
Sika Mila contains ten tracks that include traditional percussion from Mayotte, such as the taris and the n’goma, along with electric guitars, banjo and the harmonica.
M’Toro Chamou released Punk Islands in 2016.