Olivier ARASTE
Maloya Power


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  • country:La Réunion
  • style(s):Maloya, World
  • label:Hélico
  • type:Band
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion
  • artist posted by:Hélico

Line up

  • Aldo (Dado) Araste (piker, doumdoum, backing vocals)
  • Harry (Olivier) Araste (leader, accordion, kabosy)
  • Jean Frédéric Madia (djembe, n'goni, triangle, backing vocals)
  • Jean Pascal Mariama Moutin (sati, hit hat, cymbales, backing vocals)
  • Jimmy Itema (balafon, kayamb, flute, backing vocals)
  • Lauriane Marceline (backing vocals, kayamb, petites, percussions)
  • Rodolphe Pothin (bobre, piker, backing vocals)
  • Valéry Servan (rouler, backing vocals)


"When you know where you come from, you know where you're going.", So runs the motto of Olivier Arasta, the charismatic leader of Lindigo and committed champion for continued development of maloya, Reunion Island's vibrant symbol of creole culture whose strident vocal calls, chanted responses and complex percussion rhythms originated with the slaves brought to work on the sugar plantations and became a weapon of resistance, banned until the 1980s. Lindigo's mission is to celebrate a maloya that is free and forward-looking, building on its proud heritage. They explore the mixed Malagasy, African and Indian roots and incorporate instruments like the Madagascan kabosy and the West African kamelengoni and balafon as well as influences from travels in Morocco and Brazil into their high-octane performances to connect the maloya message to the next generation and the world.