When maloya meets jazz
Two first-rate musicians, the Paris-based jazz harmonicist Olivier Ker Ourio and THE voice of the maloya, namely Danyel Waro, have come up with this "path of the heart" (Sominnkér), an invigorating mix of jazz and maloya. With its magical music, powerful lyrics and emotional intensity, this album will stand out in the history of Reunion music.
Featuring Olivier Ker Ourio : chromatic harmonica - Danyel Waro : vocals, kayamb - Franck Agulhon : drums - Pierre de Bethmann : piano, keyboards, back-up vocals - Gildas Boclé : double bass - Serge Dafreville : roulèr - Nicolas Moucazambo : percussion, congas, back-up vocals - Isabelle Carpentier : vocals - Bruno Rivière : guitar on "La rosée tombée"
"Eleven years ago, I left Reunion and settled in Paris to fully live my passion for jazz. I have remained haunted by this magical island, its landscapes, its contrasts, its cultural diversity. The Creole culture is very present in my life. I eat and speak Creole, and I listen to Reunion music, sega and especially maloya. I had been dreaming for years of blending the tones of jazz with the irresistible beat of maloya. I could not wish for a better way than this 'path of the heart'with Danyel Waro and this gang of amazing musicians." Olivier Ker Ourio