Trans Kabar is a Maloya Rock band. OK, that’s true. But they are also so much more than just that.
Band members have decided to work on an electrical interpretation of the ancient mystic rites of Reunion Island, hence developing some kind of “Trans Maloya” genre.
They draw upon the Servis Kabaré for inspiration ; these were festive ritual ceremonies organised in times of slavery, made to communicate with the ancestors through music and dance.
Often rejected, forbidden, and almost forgotten, these rites had to hide in order to survive.
Trans Kabar is now bringing them back. Here, artists and audience are regarded as forming an inseparable whole ; the musician is a vector towards a set, the music is an excuse to converse.
Trans Kabar’s approach is therefore based on the voice, on traditional Maloya melodies and on traditional tunes inherited from Servis Kabaré.
Spontaneous and hyper-creative, the four artists work upon Maloya Rock rhythms that are sculpted around the voice and the Kayamb to plunge into the laments of an island Blues, giving the greatest emphasis to improvisation.