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Coco de Mer - Creole Music of Seychelles
Featuring Grace Barbé. Feel the power of three hundred voices as they transform Melbourne Town Hall into a Creole Carnival with Seychellois melodies of the Indian Ocean. The Boite Millennium Chorus, an annual massed choir, ventures to the tropical archipelago of the Seychelles, home to funky island beats and a host of great dances. Well-known and much-loved choir directors from Ballarat, Dani Fry and Stella Savy, lead the singers. The concert provides an opportunity to learn about these unique islands and the Seychellois creole culture. Delight in performances from touring Seychellois traditional dancer, Gaetan Landry, and Seychellois super star, Jean-Marc Volcy. Coco de Mer also features Grace Barbé (WA) and Melbourne's Sega Dance group, Fiesta Kreol. Choir supported by the Coco de Mer houseband, featuring Neda Rahmani, Wayne Parker and Eddy Morel.
Feel the power of three hundred voices as they transform Melbourne Town Hall into a Creole Carnival with Seychellois melodies of the Indian Ocean.
The Boite, Melbourne's iconic world music organisation, is bringing the music and dance of the Seychelles to Australia. Delight in performances from touring Seychellois traditional dancer, Gaetan Landry, and Seychellois super star, Jean-Marc Volcy. Coco de Mer also features Perth-based Seychellois diva, Grace Barbé ,who has performed her Afro-Creole music at Womad, Woodford and Bluesfest. Melbourne's Sega dance group, Fiesta Kreol, will also perform in what promises to create the experience of the sun-drenched Seychelles’ colourful Creole carnival tradition.
Conductor Stella Savy, whose father migrated to Australia from Seychelles has transcribed songs with the help of Wayne Parker, and re-arranged the songs for the 250 voice chorus. She has also written new songs drawing on the themes of her ancestry. The repertoire also includes songs written by Landry. The lyrics are in Creole, the indigenous language derived from the French. The themes evoke the play of the natural elements, sea and wind and the traditional lifestyle of fishing and markets. They reflect the universal subject of lost love but also the wider concerns of preserving a language and culture.
The concert takes its title of Coco de Mer from the threatened tree that produces a unique double coconut that is found only in Seychelles and is its national symbol.
Accompanying the chorus and singers is a three-piece house band with dynamic percussionist Neda Rahmani, guitarist Wayne Parker who has worked in Cape Town with Medu Afrika, and local Seychellois guitarist Eddy Morel.
Artwork for the Coco de Mer project is by celebrated Seychellois artist George Camille, who has galleries on the islands of Mahe and La Digue, Seychelles.
The Boite Millennium Chorus is under the direction of Stella Savy and Dani Fry and its members are drawn from all over the state.
The project has also been taken into schools and the Boite Schools Chorus, also singing in Creole with Landry and Barbé as guests will perform at Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square on Thursday, August 1 at 1pm and 7.30pm and at Wendouree Centre for performing Arts, Ballarat, August 11 at 2pm.
Tickets: www.trybooking/BKOF or cash at the door.
A Reserve: Full $60 - Concession $50 - Child <18 $40
B Reserve: Full $45 - Concession $35 - Child <18 $25
C Reserve: Full $30 - Concession $25 - Child <18 $20