Maya Kamaty

Maya Kamaty is one of the best new artists to grace this site. Fans of great, female world music with French, Brazil, African, and pop qualities will love it. In fact, everyone will love this one.”—Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

Winner of the ‘Music of the Indian Ocean’ prize, Maya Kamaty wins hearts with her island blues melodies and halting ternary rhythm of Reunion Island Maloya. Despite being cradled by the stories told by her mother, and the music and poetry sung by her father Gilbert Pounia and his band Ziskakan, she did not take to music as her calling until she left her homeland of Reunion Island to study in France. Distanced from Creole culture, she sought out her roots and explored her identity through  music. While her music is grounded in maloya, she transcends its boundaries to create her own intimate folk style of music by blending it with French chanson, and Indian and African influences. She is also one of the few popular female singers of maloya, which is traditionally sung by males. Accompanied by traditional instruments such as kayamb and rouler, and driven by an intense passion for mixing cultures, Maya Kamaty (a name formed by combining two names, her own, and that of a woman standing marginal and intense) has the most promising voice of her generation.