Tamarin has a real musical culture that is as strong as it is distinct: several talented musicians live there. Among those, Cyril Michel, jazzman and former hotel director, initiated the Jazz Festival a few years ago, an unmissable event on the cultural calendar of the islanders. Over a one-week period on the small stage of the Tamarin hotel, little concerts bring together various local and international artists to share the same stage. His love for jazz equals the passion he has for surfing; Cyril knew how to inject a unique Tamarin tone, “swept from the spray of the ocean”. Jazz, a music of exchange and discovery, is transformed by fusing Mauritian sega, maloya from Reunion Island and African rhythms. The jam sessions are unique moments of osmosis, which one enjoys, feet burrowed in the sand of the bar. They always honour the memory of Ernest Wiehe, who was the soul of the Festival, the internationally renowned, greatest Mauritian jazz artist and former lecturer at the Berkeley School of Music of Boston. Modern jazz, bossa nova, swing or bebop: make sure not to miss this musical odyssey.
Photo credit : Hôtel Tamarin