Artist info

Genre

Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Angelique Kidjo, Betty Davis, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Kaya


band members

Grace Barbe - Vocals/Guitar/Bass Jamie Searle - Guitar/Bass Joelle Barbe - Drums/Percussion Dan Carroll - Guitar


Influences

Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Tony Allen, Kaya, Franco et le TP OK Jazz, A. K. Frimpong, Remmy Ongala


Unearthed artists we like

The Transatlantics, Beeva Feeva, DUBSHACK


Website

www.gracebarbe.com

Bio

Drawing from the diverse cultural melange of her native Seychelles, Grace Barbe fuses the tropical rhythms and dances of the slaves with rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop.

Grace has been enticing audiences to get up and shake their coconuts since the release of her debut album Kreol Daughter in 2009, with appearances all over India and the Indian Ocean as well as at Australia's leading music festivals, including Womadelaide, WOMAD New Zealand, Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival. Her band has been awarded "Best World Act" five years running in her current home state of Western Australia.

Passionately committed to showcasing and developing the Kreol culture with which she is so deeply connected, Grace is touring her new album Welele! with a trio featuring younger sibling Joelle Barbe, an incredibly exciting and dynamic drummer. Grace weaves a percussive spell on the bass guitar while singing her enchanting songs of island life, love, curries and coups d’etat. Exhibiting the extraordinary musical ESP that only siblings can possess, witnessing these sisters perform is an unforgettable experience
Completing the trio is long-time collaborator, guitarist and professor of Afro-rock Jamie Searle.

Don’t miss a chance to watch Grace take Afro-Kreol to the world!

Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba. Grace's music reflects and celebrates the diverse and exotic cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage (African, Indian, Asian, European), while modern reggae, pop and soul have also made a mark on her sound. Following the release of her debut album "Kreol Daughter" in 2009, Grace has performed at many of Australia's leading music festivals, including Byron Bay Bluesfest and Woodford Folk Festival. Internationally, Grace has performed at the Sakifo Festival in La Reunion, Reggae Donnsa in Mauritius and Le Carnivale International de Victoria in her native Seychelles. Grace and her band "Afro-Kreol"(which now includes her younger sister, Joelle Barbe on drums) have been awarded "Best World Act" three years running in her home state of Western Australia. Grace lights up the stage with an energetic and engaging presence. A talented singer/songwriter, Grace is at home on both guitar and bass whilst singing in three langauges; English, Kreol and French.

Review

Review by Dan Buhagiar Dan Buhagiar

11 Aug 2014

Triple J
40

Wow, this is full of life and energy and colour and excitement. Grace Barbe has a killer voice and her band backs her with high octane afro funk. The guitar work here is really impressive too. Dare you not to dance to this.

Wow, this is full of life and energy and colour and excitement. Grace Barbe has a killer voice and her band backs her with high octane afro funk. The guitar work here is really impressive too. Dare you not to dance to this.

Review

Review by AZMOZ AZMOZ

09 Aug 2014

50

Groovy Song, Love the voice, Love The Guitar work, and the other instruments as well and as a whole, well constructed song. I have to download it!! Good work. :)

Groovy Song, Love the voice, Love The Guitar work, and the other instruments as well and as a whole, well constructed song. I have to download it!! Good work. :)

Review

Snake Man

18 May 2009

40

A musical smoothie. Tastes like Brazil in French with Africa in between. Less of the Caribbean than the other two.

A musical smoothie. Tastes like Brazil in French with Africa in between. Less of the Caribbean than the other two.