M'Toro Chamou was born in Mayotte, a French overseas department in the Comoros archipelago. An island that has been in flux since becoming part of France, and also embroiled in controversy. Singer, author, composer and guitarist, he is one of the emblematic figures of Mayotte music, songs and messages that will leave their mark on Mayotte forever. His style is a mix of traditional music and modern Western influences such as folk, pop, rock and blues. M'Toro means "brown", and the Watoro (plural of M'Toro) were the first slaves who fled the plantations or from servitude to the sedan chair (fitako). Such an evocative name already speaks volumes about this revolutionary. The music of M'Toro Chamou builds, through the strength of his melodies and messages, a bridge between differences, between tradition and modernity, between Mayotte and the rest of the world.
LAST MUSIC VIDEO
# Genre : Afro M’Godro Blues Rock
# Origine : Mayotte / La Réunion
# Travel party : 4 musiciens + 1 technicien son
# Label | Le Cri de l’Océan Indien
Over the years, M’Toro Chamou has forged a unique and personal music style he baptised Afro M’Godro Rock ; a tribute to traditional rhythms from his native island, Mayotte.
He thereby mixes the classic patterns of M’Godro, Shigoma or Chengué styles, together with western blues-rock sounds. In a geopolitical context that could be described as tensed, this is his way to create new vibrations and exhort people to come together instead of being torn by politics.
Hence, his recently released album is called Sika Mila (which means “preserve your culture”) : a manner for him to highlight the fast-changing mahoran culture and spread a message of hope and unity.
Get ready for a powerful set, with coloured groove, intense voice and spiced guitar !
SELECTIONS - AWARDS
WOMEX Selection - 2002
Indian Ocean Music Market - Reunion island
Selection 2016 & 2019
finaliste Prix des Musiques d'Ici - 2019
Atlantic Music Expo - Selection 2016 - Cape Verde
Award of best Artist - Les Voix de l'Océan Indien
Tropical pressure festival UK, Sauti Za Busara festival, Francofolies, Transmusicales de Rennes 2006, New Morning Paris, festival Médina (Comores), festival Sakifo (Réunion), festival Milatsika (Madagascar), festival les nuits d’Istres, le Zèbre de Belleville, La Dame de Canton (Paris), Le Kerveguen (Réunion), Cité des Arts (Réunion), le Kabardock (Réunion), IOMMA (Réunion), la Ronda (Réunion) …
Photographe J.P Fauliau
« It has focused guitar - big acoustic and solidly beefburger electric sounds, ear-catching songs (withstrong political messages) and melodies, effective backing vocals, infectiously snappy rhythms and
his really distinctive voice.»
Le Cri de l'Océan Indien Records |
Management et booking:
Soizic Heraudet |
Severine Berger |