Menwar

May 12th, 2011

I was just going through the excellent compilation series Africa 50 Years of Music, recently released by Sterns Records, and came across this great track by Menwar.


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Menwar is a singer and percussionist from Mauritius island, in the Indian Ocean. I just wrote a blog post about Danyel Waro from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, and it strikes me that there are strong similarities between the two. There is a lot of shared history between both islands, but just from listening you can hear the distinctive creole language and they both have gravelly, strong voices backed by trance like percussion.


Menwar is said to have helped modernize sega music- a traditional music form from the creole Indian ocean islands. He was named Artist of the Year by Radio France International in 2006.

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