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Mahoran Musician M’Toro Chamou to Release Sika Mila

M’Toro Chamou – Sika Mila

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.


Distant Drumming Traditions Brought Together

Various Artists – Tambours Croisés Chapter 2 (Buda Musique, 2016)

The Tambours Croisés project celebrates the drumming traditions of France’s overseas territories. For this second volume of the project, the producers also invited musicians from two former French colonies, Haiti and Senegal.

The majority of the pieces have a similar format, featuring vocals or chants and drumming. There is a mix of traditional songs and original works by the participants as well as a final jam.

The album is part of a larger project that included tours, workshops, and a photo exhibition

The artistic director, Thierry Nossin brought together a larger cast for this second volume. Ideally, he wanted a vocalist and a drummer from every country or territory. The artists featured include griot singer Coumba Arame Mbaye and master drummer Alioune Seck from Senegal; the Martinique representatives are Nenetto (René Capitaine) and Beatrice Alcindor on vocals and Claude Jean-Joseph on drums.

Drummer Joël Jean and vocalist Marie-Line Dahomay hail from Guadeloupe. The artists from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean are Eno Zangoun on vocals and Zelito Deliron drums.

Guyana is represented by singer Yannick Théolade. Diho provides the singing tradition of Mayotte. Lastly, two artist arrived from Haiti, vocalist Guerline Pierre and drummer Jackson Saintil.

Buy Tambours Croisés Chapter 2 in the Americas

Buy Tambours Croisés Chapter 2 in Europe


Mayotte Afro-Rock

M’Toro Chamou – “Punk islands” (2016)

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer M’Toro Chamou hails from Mayotte, an island located in the Indian Ocean near Comoros which is under French control. He’s an advocate for the island’s culture, which is under threat due to western popular culture influence. His latest album is titled “Punk islands”.

The new album features a fiery combination of traditional m’godro rhythms from Mayotte, African music and western influences, such as rock and blues, and call and response vocals.

“Punk islands” is a fascinating introduction to one of the iconic artists from the Indian Ocean region.

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