Christine Salem – North America tour dates

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 ­rousing call-and-response vocals. A force of ­nature on stage, Salem delivers socially-­conscious lyrics in ­Creole, Malagasy, Comorian and Swahili, while shaking out the tempo on a traditional ­rectangular reed rattle, the kayamn. A channel to another time and place, she seems to fall into a trance while inducing the ­audience to do the same.

Tour dates:

09/19 @ Madison World Music Festival – Madison, WI

09/20 @ Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM

09/21 @ Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM

09/22 @ Chicago World Music Festival – Chicago, IL

09/25 @ Global Roots Festival – Minneapolis, MN

09/26 @ Landfall Festival – Cedar Rapids, IO

09/27 @ Lotus Festival – Bloomington, IN

10/03 @ Atlas PAC – Washington, DC

10/04 @ Symphony Space – New York, NY

10/06 @ Salle – Troy, NY

10/07 @ Salle – Northampton, NY

10/08 @ The Sanctuary For Independant Media – Troy, NY

10/11, 12 and 13 @ Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond, VA

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