An author-composer-performer with impressive charisma, Christine Salem, from Réunion Island, adds touches of Swahili and Arabic to Reunion Creole. Her new album entitled “Salem Tradition” is a tribute to her first group she headed for ten years. Christine’s favoured musical expression is maloya, the heavily percussive, full-throttle indigenous sound of the island. It was outlawed in La Réunion by French authorities until the 1960s because of its deep-rooted ties to Creole culture. Playing maloya is a statement of identity and defiance, its songs resonating with themes that date back to the dark days of slavery.