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Maloya : one part of the intangible cultural heritage of Humanity

33 years after "Peuple de La Réunion - Peuple du Maloya"

Témoignages.re / 2 October 2009

Maloya is among the 76 elements inscribed on 30 September on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Maloya is a form of music, song and dance native to Réunion Island. Of mixed racial origins since its outset, maloya was created by Malagasy and African slaves on the sugar plantations and was eventually appropriated by the whole of the island’s population. Initially conceived as a dialogue between a soloist and a choir accompanied by percussion instruments, maloya exists today in an increasing variety of forms, both in terms of texts and instruments (the introduction of djembes, synthesizers, drums, etc.). Following some parts of the nomination form published on the UNESCO’s website.

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