DRUMS: Seychelles-born and Perth-based artist Grace Barbe.
DRUMS: Seychelles-born and Perth-based artist Grace Barbe. Contributed

Grace Barbe’s Afro-Kreol party

SEYCHELLES-BORN Grace Barbe sings and dances the traditional rhythms of black slaves on the east coast of Africa.

Her's is a show infused with black magic, slaves shackles, but also the colourful vibrancy of her race, in a style she calls Afro-Kreol.

"Afro-Kreol gives people an idea of the style of music we do, which is a fusion of Indian Ocean Island rhythms mixed with Afro beats, pop, rock and a hint of reggae," she said.

Ms Barbe grew up in Australia but within the Seychelles community in Perth.

Grace Barbe's songs take traditional elements of Seychelles music to give them her own interpretation.

"People are very intrigued because they have never heard of this type of music before."

Moutya is a type of slave dance from the Seychelles where the dancers' movements imitate slaves (wearing shackles on their feet) move a round a bonfire.

As the music progresses, the women's movements become more provocative, and more free.

Moutya songs will be part of Ms Barbe's show in Nimbin.

Barbe's latest album is called Welele, a word that does not have a set meaning, but instead is used to denote an emotional exclamation in Kreol language.

"There is a common love thing across the album, but I also sing about witchcraft, black magic and voodoo, pirate hideaways, slavery trade and other traditional themes related to my own ancestry," she said.

"Our grandparents tell stories of their experience with black magic and witchcraft brought from Madagascar and mainland Africa to the Seychelles and it has always intrigued me," she said.

At the Phoenix Rising Cafe on Saturday, April 23, from 8pm. $25.



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