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One Day, One Artist

Tribute to Tonton David Tonton David, a key figure in the growth of reggae and raggamuffin in France in the 1990s, has died in Metz aged 53. Hit songs like Chacun sa route (Everyone has their own way)  marked a generation of disenchanted youth. Born David Grammont in 1967 on the French overseas island of Réunion, Tonton David (Uncle …

One Day, One Artist

Listen to “Moins joli” by Iliona The 20 year-old Belgian artist is one of those talents that has emerged in recent months, notably by offering various sessions during the long weeks of confinement, with music with an intimate atmosphere and a voice that stands out from the crowd. Author-composer-interpreter, Iliona likes to do everything herself; …

One Day, One Artist

From Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the “potent, ­indefatigable contralto” (The New York Times) ­Christine Salem is the greatest living champion of maloya, a nearly-extinct musical tradition rooted in the work songs and chants of the island’s African slaves. The hypnotic, ­percussion-­driven music is based on rhythms played during ceremonies dedicated to ancestors, and is layered with …