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It is not by chance that a local producer had the thunderbolt for his music. A month ago with the first MASA Awards of Rodrigues, Wendy Spéville was among those who discovered it that evening. Wendy Spéville, 33 years, had left his scissors and had closed his workshop of hairstyle of Mount-Lubin. On the scene, the young Bay Topaz accordionist (in the west of Rodrigues) was obviously in his universe. He practices the diatonic accordion and creates a style with the most eclectic influences. Combining the airs drawn from the traditional repertory: Scottish, waltz, mazurka… with the modern harmonies, Wendy Spéville always give a dynamic base to his music. Autodidact, he is one of the rare young people in Rodrigues to play of the diatonic accordion like would have done the old pioneers. “My grandfather, my father, my brothers play accordion. In my family we did not learn how to handle this instrument. We play it that’s all! Nobody taught me: put your finger on this key, do this, do that…, I observed my elder ", entrusts the artist.
His mother, Florida, was a dancer and singer of séga. She naturally gets it, and starts to write texts and practices the traditional dance. And with his instrument, Wendy Spéville had the occasion to leave his island for other skies and win the first price in the song category with the first edition of the Creole Festival in Rodrigues. “The accordion”, he defends “is not an instrument of old man!” And while supporting this argument, he explains, such in love, its feelings for his accordion. “When I play, I feel something inside me.” But, the only difficulty he raises, “one does not find parts for the repair or the maintenance of this instrument, in Rodrigues.”
Except for the regular “Rann Zaricot Dance”, Wendy Spéville, plays on request. But, it is not impossible to see with his accordion between the hands, sitting by the edge of road, opposite his workshop, with other friends musicians, exchanging sounds to make a single melody…
Posted on 11th June 11, 2008
Compilation of the Islands
Vallen Pierre-Louis and two other singers in the region, including George Allef (Reunion) and Thomas Knowles (Seychelles) combine their voices on Compilation of the islands. Produced by Pierre Louis Vallen (VAF), Rodrigues.
Three regional artists put their sharing agreements for a new compilation. Around 17 compositions, they join rhythms, a blend of séga with a french accent . A entertaining disc "Made in Rodrigues."
George Allef get adantage to this compil to propose a rehabilitation of the music of Marlene (Cassiya) with a new version, always scent of love. The three singers pay tribute to the music of the islands. "Losean indyen so lamizik sorti dan mem pie… sega moutia, maloya and sega ravann…"
One appreciates the arrangements, the passage of accordion on the pace of séga. This tropical sound momentum hangs in the waltz, tango, blues to do that. A music. The universality of meaning.
The musical trinity units in a spirit of solidarity and sharing sound. The music is the bridge to tighten the links between the island states. The trio comprising this disc strongly evidenced The music of the Indian Ocean resonate in unison.
Accompanied by the group Eko Rod of the 10th district, including Makenzy, Nathalie, Armand, Fyley, Florinette, Guilmot, Kani, Alfred, and Richard Tico. The disc was recorded at VAF Digital Studio (Rodrigues). The arrangement is Allef, Pierre Louis and Knowles. Vallen Pierre Louis is also credited for mixing and mastering. Compilation of the islands is available at Neptune Mauritius (Port Louis).
This is the story of two guys really ugly, dirty, stupid and wicked. Truly pests think only make trouble for other villagers! However, they go to Mass every Sunday because they hope to redeem themselves of all their sins against their fellow citizens. One day, one of the two brothers came to die. On the eve of the funeral, brother who stayed alive just to see the priest and said:
" I will make you a cheque for the fine amount that will allow you to finish the renovation of the steeple. But there is one condition for the office, you need to say explicitly that my brother was a saint. If you agree, sign at the bottom of this contract and you get the cheque".
The priest ageed. He signed the contract and cash the cheque on the same day. The next day, during the ceremony, the priest started the funeral, and began with these words:
"This man was inhabited by the devil. He fooled his wife, was alleged to have lit several fires in the village, he was violent". The priest continues to talk pointed to the coffin and at last he concludes:
"But compared to his brother, this man was a saint".
Talking to God A man climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God.
Looking up, he asks the Lord... "God, what does a million years mean to you?"
The Lord replies, "A minute."
The man asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"
The Lord replies, "A penny."
The man asks, "Can I have a penny?"
The Lord replies, "In a minute."
Growing Older Is
- Your back goes out more than you do.
- A fortune teller offers to read your face.
- You turn out the lights for economic reasons rather than romantic ones.
- You remember this week that last week was your wedding anniversary.
- You are startled the first time you are addressed as "Old Timer".
- You answer automatically when someone addresses you "Old Timer."
- You burn your midnight oil after 9:00 p.m.
- You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there.
- Your pacemaker makes the garage door go up when you see a pretty girl walk by.
- You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer for your friend who exercised.
- You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.
- The best part of your day is over when your alarm goes off.
- The thought of getting out of bed never occurs to you.
Three times Three
Three old men are at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor says to the first old man, "What is three times three?"
"274" was his reply.
The doctor says to the second man "It's your turn. What is three times three?"
"Tuesday" replys the second man.
The doctor says to the third man, "OK, Your turn. What's three times three?"
"Nine" says the third man.
"That's great" says the doctor. "How did you get that?"
"Simple" says the third man. "I subtracted 274 from Tuesday".
A young man went to his father one day to tell him that he wanted to get married. His father was happy for him. He asked his son who the girl was and the latter told the father that it was Samantha, a girl from the neighbourhood.
With a sad face, the old man said to his son, "I'm sorry to say this son, but I have to. The girl you want to marry is your sister, but please, don't tell your mother."
The young man again brought 3 more names to his father but ended up frustrated because the response was still the same. So he decides to go to his mother. "Mama, I want to get married but all the girls that I love, dad said they are my sisters and I mustn't tell you."
His mother smiling said to him, "Don't worry, my son, you can marry any of those girls. You're not his son !!"