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Welele!

Grace Barbé’s second album Welele! has been five years coming, but truly worth the wait. It opens with the track Afro-Sega and the exhortation to “feel the rhythm, move your feet“. It’s a perfect introduction to an album of mostly original material written by Grace and band member Jamie Searle.

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Grace hails from the Seychelles, and now resides in Western Australia. Her music draws on this background, combining the influences of seggae – itself a fusion of Sega, a traditional Mauritanian sound and reggae, disco, afrobeats, Afro, Kreol. Her talent lies in being able to fuse all these influences into a coherent and delectably funky sound so bright you can feel the sunshine.

For those unfamiliar with Grace Barbé, or the afrobeats/Soukouss/Seggae sound, take a listen to the final bonus track on the album. Tou Lannwit is a reworking of the Lionel Richie song All Night Long. It’s a masterful and highly original reworking of a familiar tune.

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For more information and tour dates CLICK HERE.

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