An introduction to one of the iconic artists from the Indian Ocean region.
M'toro Chamou is not a newborn to the international music scene. He released his first album in 1998 and has released 6 other albums since. He's known for his unique voice and powerful lyrics which aim to raise awareness of the Mayotte culture and condemn the corruption and lies of the world leaders. Since an early age, M'toro – which originally means "the one who refuses slavery" – grew up to traditional rhythmic sounds from the Comoros and African music on Tanganiyka radio. Defined as Afro Pop Rock, his style is a fusion of "M'Godro" with western sounds.
In his latest release – Punk Islands – M'toro Chamou calls for a punk attitude. This choice is not only in line with his fight for a better life in the Comoros but also corresponds to his desire to explore new influences in the way he writes music. This title aims at emphasising the unease and discontent on the Comoros Islands and more specifically Mayotte. A "No Future" kind of vibe.
He focuses on the tensions between Mayotte and the Comoros due to the separation of the archipelago over the course of colonisation and later departmentalisation by France. According to him, the people suffer from their loss of culture and identity. He also mentions the "kwassa-kwassa" (makeshift boats) on which individuals, men, women, children embark in an attempt to reach Mayotte, putting their lives at stake to hopefully find a better one.