The Clarisse Sisters

PAPITOU – CLIP

Today is Saturday July 4th 2015. We wish all our fans, friends and family in the USA the happiest of Independence Day. As we move into the afternoon in Mauritius, our thoughts are with you as you start the day in New York, Ashland, Houston and Galveston, or if you are still asleep in Las Vegas, Sand Diego or San Francisco. Our gift, on this special day, is our first video clip…

PAPITOU” is a song created by the father of Mauritian Sega (a type of local Blues): Alphonse RAVATON aka TI FRERE, in the 1950ies. Born in 1900 in Mauritius, he started singing Sega songs in Creole at the age of 17, with his trademark guttural voice accompanied by local instruments: the “ravanne” and triangle. Exactly at the same time, in February 1917 in New Orleans, Freddy KEPPARD and his ORIGINAL CREOLE ORCHESTRA: was among the jazz pioneers who took this new style of music out of Louisiana to all corners of the USA. With “Papitou”, we wanted to link this parallel musical heritage between Sega and Jazz, Mauritian Creole and Cajun Creole, Port Louis and Louisiana.

Incidentally, the very same year, a young Malcolm de CHAZAL, not yet the genius of Mauritian literature he would become, was entering the University of Baton Rouge, also in Louisiana, to become an Engineer in Sugar Cane production. On the banks of the Mississippi river, in the birthplace of Jazz, yet still far from Petrusmok…

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