Sweet melodies from Reunion


BEFORE watching her show, you would have probably been asking who Kaloune is. But those that watched her last Saturday would definitely not think twice about going to see her performance again.Her performance was a show.
The only downside to the show was that only a few people in town knew about it.
Her name is Kaloune. It denotes strong, powerful and sweet. And that is what her show was all about.
There is a reason why Kaloune is the 2017 Indian Ocean Music Award winner.
When she appeared at the Fete de La Musique Alliance Francaise in Lusaka last Saturday, Kaloune shared the experiences of her native Reunion Island through traditional music.
The audience was religiously hooked to such an extent that even when she concluded her performance, the audience did not seem to realise it. They seemed to be waiting for another act from her, but it was all over.
But it is a performance that will live on for those that attended.
Kaloune, who is a singer, poet, actress, author and teacher, took her not too big audience along with her to the island through her music.
Afterwards, she graciously described her audience as cool and nice, especially after they joined her on the song titled “Kaloumena”. Oh boy, it was as if there had been a rehearsal beforehand.
“The audience was so cool I invited them right from the beginning, I told them that I’m going to share the experience of my island with them and when I asked them to clap, they followed, when I asked them to dance they danced along too,” she shared with the Weekend Mail after the show.
“Kaloumena is a name of a woman who is full of grace. When I write my songs, I’m influenced by this gracious woman.”
Kaloune’s performance that lasted two hours started at exactly 19:00 hours when she invited the audience to accompany her through Reunionese traditional music passed down through her ancestors; the creole slaves.
Kaloune mixes poetry with traditional songs coming from Reunion where she contemplates nature’s beauty and also reminisces and tries to connect with her ancestors who went to the Island from Africa.
She says through music and art, she is able to connect with her African roots and her true self since the people in the Reunion do not speak any African language other than through the arts and music.
She did nine songs which included “Somanke” and “Tapoulang” using Mbira, a traditional instrument from Zimbabwe

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