Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent,looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage
The new album Welele! represents a mature and definitive manifesto of Grace’s “Afro-Kreol” style – a colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours. In performance, Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Kreol and French.Grace’s band has been awarded “Best World Act” an incredible five years running in her current home state of Western Australia.
Following the release of her debut album “Kreol Daughter” in 2009, Grace has performed at major festivals all over the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, La Reunion and Seychelles), as well as at many of Australia’s leading music festivals, including Womadelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival.
Catch her while you can!
James Searle was born in Salisbury, UK and took his music degree in Bath, studying classical guitar with Tom Kerstens.
Following travel and teaching work in East Africa, James developed a strong interest in African music.
James has co-composed and produced two highly acclaimed albums with Grace Barbe “Kreol Daughter" (2008) and “Welele!” (2013), and acts as the musical director of her band.
James is a busy musician and guitar teacher in Perth, Western Australia, and has worked with and led many bands as both bass player and guitarist.
Joelle Barbé is an artist and musician based in Perth, Western Australia. Born in the Seychelles, Joelle moved to Australia at a very young age. Coming from a family of female artists, she took up the drums and started performing at Seychellois community events at age 11. Joelle is now acclaimed as one of the most exciting young drummers in Australia.
Co-founder of the band Zarm, she has more than 13 years of performing and creative experience; researching and utilizing traditional and emerging technologies whilst addressing the need to effectively articulate the performative research paradigm within a Creative Arts practice.