Danyel WARO

Danyel WARO


Danyèl Waro’s approach to Maloya is poetic and varied, rhythmically abundant with both binary and tertiary forms, and the evident commitment to his deeply felt political convictions give his music a genuine quality that comes straight from the heart


Sega, a traditional Indian Ocean dance rhythm, is internationally known, but few people outside the island of Reunion have heard of maloya. Maloya is a compound rhythm on which plantation workers have long been singing their joys and woes. It's a sort of réunionese blues.
Danyèl Waro, living in the middle of sugarcane fields high up in Saint-Paul, is probably the most famous maloya singer of the island, singing maloya in creole and with traditional instruments : kayanm, flat instrument made from cane flower stems and filled with saffron seeds ; bob (called birimbau in Brazil), a musical bow attached to a calabash for resonance; rouler (literally, "rollers" big drum made from barrels with a cowskin head, in short, all the traditional maloya instruments. «For me, maloya is first of all the word». Indeed, his songs border on poetry. He speaks of love death or politics, using a popular, peasant vocabulary that his urban listeners have often forgotten. He creates unexpected, beautiful and powerful imagery and, most importantly, feels the convergence between words and music that makes great songs.


BatarsitéBatarsité (Album) Piros -1994
Sega la penteSega la pente (Album)Sonodisc -1996
Foutan founkér (Album) Cobalt -1999
Bwarouz (Album) Cobalt -2002
Grin n Syèl (Album) Cobalt /Harmonia Mundi-2006
Aou Amwin  Cobalt /L'autre distributio-2010