November 2018 \ Diaspora News \ DIASPORA IN REUNION ISLAND
Indian classical music fascinates me: Reunion’s Maya Kamaty

Maya Kamaty, a prominent Maloya ...

By Milinda Ghosh Roy

Kamaty, whose first album “Santie Papang” released back in 2014, said her second, titled “Pandiye”, meaning suspended in time, will be out in February 2019. The singer said her music is a conscious shift from the traditional political orientation of Maloya, which saw it banned until the 1960s due to its strong association with Creole culture and the Communist Party of Reunion. “The traditional Maloya music was very political but now we work more on the poetic aspect of it. I try to concentrate on my lyrics. I feel my lyrics generally reflect my values in life. It also reflects that I am a woman of 2018. But I do not care if music has a political undertone. It is an open medium for everyone, so if people want to use it for political reasons they can do it. Maybe I will also do it myself sometimes,” she continued.

Kamaty, whose music has been influenced by that of her father’s, said it is more important to her as a musician to be the same person on stage and in real life. “I do not want to be someone else on stage. But I see a lot of artists who say certain things to the press and on stage, but are totally different back stage. I do not want to be like that,” she added.