René Lacaille

René Lacaille

 Brest, Bretagne, FRA

Rene Lacaille is a master of spicy rhythms influenced by his homeland Reunion Island. His family band performs songs from his album Cordeon Kameleon (Connecting Cultures 2009), in both a traditional and imaginative way. The show is packed with energy and emotions, leaving you a cheerful mood.


René Lacaille is the master of the spicy séga-maloya rhythms of the Island Réunion, Indian Ocean. As a child, he played in the island in balls with his father, before creating the legendary group Caméléon who invented electric Maloya, blending traditional Réunion music with modern western timbres. René's talent and curiosity led him to master accordion, guitar, bongos, drums, ukulélé, accordina and saxophone. René recorded Patanpo (1999) with the famous maloya singer Danyel Waro and Digdig (World Music Network 2002) with the great American guitarist Bob Brozman. It became an international hit, reaching #3 in Europe's World Music charts. René has toured extensively and repeatedly throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Australia, Brazil, China. René’s album Mapou (WMN 2005) brought him the Gus Viseur price for world music. His last album Cordéon Kaméléon (Connecting Cultures 2009), awarded by German critics, is the living proof of René’s faithfulness to the traditions, creativity and sense of universality.
On stage his family band is full of cheerful mood, emotions and energy.
"An extraordinary talent" Dirty Linen USA
The gravel-voiced troubadour in rumbustuous form, swinging between rum-soaked chansons and thumping singalongs" The Observer UK


Cordéon Kaméléon (Connecting Cultures/Rue
Stendhal 2009)
Mapou (World Music
Network/Harmonia Mundi
Choc du monde de la
musique 2005 / Prix Gus
viseur 2005 / German Critics
Award 2009 / Grand Prix
Charles Cros 2009 (coup de
coeur musiques du monde)

Set List

Ti cordéon (chanson)
International Maloya (instrumental)
Sé li (Chanson)
Léféla (Chanson)
Kaméléon (Chanson)
Tripa (Instrumental)
Lé Boug (Instrumental)
Denis Péan (Chanson)
Le Serpent (Instrumental)
Kisasa (Instrumental)
Les Barbarins Fourchus
Falanz (Instrumental)
Idantité Elliacal
Domin Ki Koné (Chanson)
set duration: 90 min