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A musical stopover in Reunion - it's worth the detour!

Sakifo festival

An outdoor adventure

If someone says to you exotic, sun, music, sega, maloya, a festive atmosphere and good mood galore, what comes to mind? Reunion Island, of course!

A musical stop-off in Reunion is well worth the detour. During my holidays on Reunion Island, I had a great time discovering the richness of the landscapes, traditions, cultures and music of the island in the tropics.

For something to do on Reunion Island, there’s always a concerta folklore show or kabar* organised across the four corners of the island. In Reunion, music is part of the daily lives of its people, setting the tone for holidaymakers’ evenings out  throughout the year.
I made the most of my stay to attend musical events, a real pleasure in the company of some very disparate artists.

Unforgettable! The Music Festival (multi-stages for amateurs and professionals), the Sakifo (a music festival by the sea), or the Electropicales (a festival of electronic music that takes place in the heart of town). Events you really shouldn’t miss, a great way to have fun with friends during your ultimate experience.

The programme of events is rich in world music and the mixed sounds of sega and maloya. Reunion’s iconic artists and groups (Oussanoussava, Baster, Manyan…), those from mainland France, from abroad and across the Indian Ocean appear on stage as well as in bars, restaurants, rondavelles*, fairgrounds… And maybe you'll come across a jazz, soul, electro, R&B, pop, reggae or classical music star, or even an international DJ. Something to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes.
Like me, add a bit more sun to your holidays!


Kabar:a festive cultural get-together that generally takes place in the neighbourhoods of big towns and is entirely devoted to Creole expression in all its forms (traditional music and dance evening, sega, maloya, sirandanes (riddles), storytelling...).

Rondavelle: a small circular building similar to a closed gazebo located at the water’s edge where concerts are held.

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