Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Grace Barbé

One unique Australian artist I'm digging at the moment is Perth-based singer and guitarist, Grace Barbé. Barbé was born Seychelles (a tiny nation in the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar), migrating to Australia in 1997, and her music reflects her cultural roots. Seychellois culture is a blend of African, French, English, Indian and Chinese influences. Barbé and her band play music that combines Afrobeat, reggae, and the traditional folk music of the islands.

My favourite track, Fatige, is a Fela Kuti-esque afro-funk track with some island influence creeping in, sung in the Kreol language of Seychelles.

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