In the image of her country Reunion island, a tremendous mosaic of populations from all origins: Europe, Africa, China, India, Madagascar, interbreeding is the distinctive feature of the music offered by Reunionian poet, song-writer and singer YELA.
She draws from her island’s cultural legacies like Sega, Maloya, (percussions-based traditional music inherited from slavery times), and from the different backgrounds she grew up with : African, Carribean, Malagasy music, Jazz, Soul, Gospel…;to set to music her Creole and French poems inspired by her elders’ lifestories, her counterparts’ modern life, joys, pains, hopes and dreams. Through her artistic path, YELA joins the path of her island s’elders like: Alain PETERS, Luc Donnat, René LACAILLE, Danyel WARO, ZISKAKAN, BASTER…who all share Creole culture reappropriation and radiance as a motto.
Anthoney Wright’s new single “NO ME WITHOUT YOU” is to be released on February 9th on Palawan Productions. The single follows hot on the heels of his radio smash debut “RESET TO ZERO” which was Record of the Week on BBC Radio 2.
The song comes from Anthoney’s debut album “FEET ON THE GROUND” which is released on March 2nd.
Written by Anthoney with Pete & Steve Lewinson (Simply Red, Annie Lennox) and produced by the Lewinsons and the Brit nominated Absolute production team, the song is a love song based on a true story. With a voice that is reminiscent of some of the great soul classics, Anthoney’s songs capture some of his early influences, (Al Green, Marvin Gaye, to Prince & Aretha ) yet they display a subtle contemporary feel that glides through the album with effortless ease.
Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born on March 4 1932 in Prospect Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. She was more than just a talented signer, but also a civil rights activist, which earned her the name of “Mama Afrika.”