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SOLD OUT - Danyèl Waro (Reunion)

Thursday 16 May 2024 - 20h00
Molière Theatre - Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles
THU 16/05

Maloya vibrates in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on the island of Réunion. The origins of this highly percussive and vocal music trace back to the era of slavery, when songs echoed from the sugar cane fields, full of meaning and suffering. At the crossroads of Malagasy rhythms and Indian culture, Maloya gradually became the blues of Réunion. Today Danyèl Waro stands as the ambassador of this deep and passionate trance.

Danyèl Waro is a dedicated musician and a rebellious poet with a passion for social struggles and the defence of the oppressed. He is one of those beings who leave a permanent imprint on both ears and mind. With his powerful voice, this descendant of a French colonialist sings in Creole about love and death, but also addresses contemporary issues such as racism and the hegemony of French culture.

Until the 1980s, Maloya was banned due to its links with the independence movement and the Communist Party. Waro himself faced imprisonment for dissidence before becoming one of Réunion’s heroes. Thanks to him, Maloya has transcended borders and is now heard worldwide. It also reached UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. Danyèl Waro received the prestigious Womex Award for artists in 2010 in recognition of his various contributions. His soulful interpretation of Maloya is captivating, alluring and an irresistible invitation to dance and discover Creole culture.


Danyèl Waro : kayamb, vocals
Bino Waro : vocals, sati, piker
Laurent Dalleau : vocals, congas
Mikael Talpot : vocals, rouler
Gilles Lauret : vocals, triangle, bass

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