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Ann O'aro

Singer, musician, and poet from Réunion

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Ann O'aro

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Ann O'aro from Réunion, an island east of Madagascar and part of the French republic. On this song and album, her trio of voice, trombone, and percussion combines jazz, Balkan stomp, and Réunionese maloya. It's simultaneously familiar and strikingly new. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Alan Tigay on World Listening Post.


"Talon Malgash" by Ann O'aro
2020 | Singer, musician, and poet from Réunion

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The longose is an invasive species that suffocates other vegetation. On her second album, Ann O’aro likens the tree—which flourishes on Réunion, her home island—to traumatic memories that smother the spirit.
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On Longoz, O’aro’s voice caresses with shattering beauty, her lyrics sharp, illuminating and surreal, minimal trombone-percussion accompaniment a perfect match for her revolving tones. Her delivery embodies history: Style, maloya (once prohibited), with touches of jazz, zouk and Mauritian séga; language, Réunion Creole (long marginalized), along with French.

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