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Country Seychelles Genres afrobeat band fusion rock roots Website www.gracebarbe.com Festival Sauti za Busara 2017 Recordings
Kreol Daughter, 2009; Welele! 2014
Grace Barbé hails from the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, where a colourful history of slavery, pirates, coups d’etat and coconuts have produced a unique Kreol rhythm, language and culture.
Drawing from the diverse cultural melange of the islands, Grace’s trio fuses the tropical rhythms and dances of the slaves with psychedelic rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop.
Conjuring a bewilderingly huge sound, the musical wavelength between bassist Grace and her younger sister Joelle Barbe (drums) must be seen to be believed. Guitarist Jamie Searle adds a dense layer of Afro - guitar sorcery.
Grace has been enticing audiences to get up and shake since the release of her debut album Kreol Daughter in 2009, with appearances all over India, the Indian Ocean region and Australia’s leading music festivals, including Womadelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival. Her band won the award for “Best World Act” six times in her current home state of Western Australia.
Passionately committed to showcasing and developing the Kreol culture with which she is so deeply connected, Grace is now on tour promoting her latest album 'Welele!'.with thanks to Afrotropik