Date(s) - Tuesday 10/08/2013 - 10/09/2013
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Christine Salem sings dangerous tunes that rouse the spirits and challenge the authorities – which means that her shows are as controversial as they are spellbinding. The rousing deep-voiced singer from Réunion Island – the multi-ethnic French province in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar – performs maloya, a blues-likemusic rooted in the work songs and chants of the island’s African slaves. Rising up from a troubled childhood on the streets of Saint-Denis, Salem has become the greatest living champion of maloya, infusing the trance-inducing blend of voices and percussionwith fresh inspiration and contemporary influences.
Previously performing at the wellknown theater Webster Hall, Salem always puts on a mesmerizing show. Her music is a mix of a percussion instrument called a kayanm, which is made from the seeds, stems, and flowers of sugar cane, and four different languages – Creole, Malagasy, Comorian and Swahili. Before making her way into the spot light after a breath-taking performance at the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo, Salem kept her job as a social worker and a summer camp leader all the way up until October of 2012.
“She has a potent, indefatigable contralto, and most of her songs are terse chant-like melodies.” – The New York Times
“Salem’s exceptionally rich voice and fiery stage presence easily transcends any and allcultural barriers”- National Public Radio News
“Christine Salem is surely the queen of maloya, her powerful voice and intense presence creating a trance music of great power.” – Songlines Magazines
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