Events 【2017/11/17】Information Resources Center 20th Anniversary Workshop : “Music and folklore of Reunion Island (region of France in the Indian Ocean)”


  • Date/Time: 2017/11/17 (Fri) 14:00–17:00


  1. Jun’ichi ODA (ILCAA) Introduction: Overview of the workshop and presentation of the guests
  2. Isabelle Cillon & Jean-Pierre Accapandie Explanation and performance of “Maloya”, a major musical genre of Reunion Island.
  3. Jean-Pierre Accapandie Folklore performance: “Origin of Maloya”
  4. Isabelle Cillon Folklore performance: “Ti-Jean and monster of a pumpkin”
  5. Questions and answers

  • Language: Japanese, English, Reunionese Creole and French (with Japanese consecutive interpretation).
  • Interpreter: Moeha SAISHO (Graduate school of sociology, University of Reunion Island)
  • Admission: Free
  • No pre-registration is needed.
  • Jointly sponsored by Information Resources Center,
  • Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Jun’ ichi ODA (ILCAA) Research Project Number:16H05671)
  • Place: Multimedia Conference Room(304), ILCAA

About Réunion

Réunion is an overseas department and region of the French Republic and an Indian Ocean island in East Africa, east of the island of Madagascar.
Population: About 850,000 / Area : 2,511 km2
Special local products: Sugar, Rum, essential oil, coffee, vanilla


Isabelle Cillon-Metzger

She has been invited to various art festivals as a storyteller for the past 20 years, and has also given oral performances of folktales at the request of public libraries and various educational institutions, mainly in her hometown. She has also participated in educational activities such as practical guidance on how to amplify a theme and effective improvisation in art and culture classes at primary and secondary schools, and seminars on storytelling for parents of pupils. She has also given anthropology seminars and cultural lectures on folktales at universities.

Jean-Pierre Accapandié / Zanpyer Akapandié

He was born in a musician family and started to play the traditional instruments at age 10. He also began making instruments in addition to playing them when he was 17 years old. First, he played percussion instruments like kayamb, tambour, and jembe, and then started making melody musical instruments such as guitar and n’goni. He participated in a theater as a musician and comedian at age 21. He also writes and produces theatrical plays. With a 20-year career as a storyteller of folktales, he is devoted to inherit two ancestral cultures of Senegal and Madagascar.

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