Thu 17 Mar 2011

For one night only - an evening of global sounds with performers from Reunion Island & Africa, with influences far beyond, when Nathalie Natiembé Returns to our shores as a special guest of the Womadelaide Festival.

If you have bumped into her in Reunion Island or during one of her festival tours of Europe, you must certainly would have been impressed : Nathalie Natiembé is a phenomenon. A character whose calibre shapes the stories later told from generation to generation. Nathalie and her all star band are not performing Reunion Island's traditional music, maloya, rather they have blended it with rock, electro and soul.

"When Nathalie sings, the legacy of the West Africans captured and sent to La Reunion as slaves 300 years ago lives on" (Andra Jackson, THE AGE)

Natiembé doesn’t need any tricks to fascinate. She starts everyone of her shows, even today just with her voice. Like a griot playing with Créole as well as French. A refusal of cultural divisions.

Natiembé lives on multiple influences, crossbred sounds. She is immersed in jazz, songs, reggae and a lot of rock. The soul of a rocker pervades her maloya, this local blues a long time banned by the restive authorities towards battle songs.

Check out:

WHEN: Thursday March 17th.
WHERE: The Toff in Town
TICKETS: $22.90 online presales / $25.00 on the door