GRACE BARBÉ (WA/SY)
Grace Barbé hails from the sunburnt Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, where a colourful history of slavery, pirates, coups d’etat and coconuts have produced a unique Kreol rhythm, language and culture.
Drawing from the diverse cultural melange of the islands, Grace’s music fuses the tropical rhythms ans dances of the slaves with psychedelic rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop. In performance, the trio conjures a bewilderingly huge sound – Grace sings over her own complex polyrhythmic bass lines to Mauritian drummer Hardy Perrine’s authentic island grooves, while guitarist Jamie Searle adds a dense layer of Afro – guitar sorcery.
Grace has been enticing audiences to get up and shake their coconuts since the release of her debut album Kreol Daughter in 2009, with appearances all over India, East Africa (Sauti za Busara Festival, Zanzibar) and the Indian Ocean (Sakifo Festival, La Reunion), as well as Australia’s leading music festivals, including Womadelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival. Her band has won the award for “Best World Act” nine times in her current home state of Western Australia.
Passionately committed to showcasing the Kreol culture with which she is so deeply connected, Grace released her third album, FANM: WOMAN in July 2019.
WORKSHOP: SEGA! Dance Workshop
Grace Barbé gives an introduction to Indian Ocean sega dance. Grace will teach both traditional and modern choreography and give a background to the history and culture of the islands.
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