The Creole vibes in France - Seychelles Sandra Esparon shares the stage with other Indian Ocean divas at 'Casino de Paris'
Sandra performing at Casino de Paris on Sunday April 5, 2014. (Joey Niclès)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Barely a week after being named the Best Female Artist for 2014 during the Seychelles Airtel Music Awards held on March 28 in the island nation's capital of Victoria, well-known Seychellois singer Sandra Esparon was back on stage showcasing her talent and earning recognition for Seychelles' music.
Sandra was in the French capital of Paris on Sunday April 5, sharing the stage with female artists from the Indian Ocean islands of Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues and Madagascar.
They had all been invited to perform in a concert dubbed ‘Les Divas de L’Ocean Indien’ (Divas of the Indian Ocean), the first ever such concert held in the music hall of ‘Casino de Paris’.
On top of getting the opportunity to promote their respective countries and music, they were all presented with a trophy at the beginning of the show, rewarding their participation and achievement in their musical career.
In an interview with SNA on Friday, a day after she got back to Seychelles, Sandra said they were not expecting the recognition while adding that it meant a lot as it shows that Seychellois music, as well as music from the Indian Ocean region, is being recognised and appreciated.
|Sandra posing for SNA with her trophy received at the recent 'Les Divas de Paris' in France.(Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY|
‘Les Divas de L’Ocean Indien’ is an initiative of Mike Gowry, the founder of ‘La Radio de l’Océan Indien (The Indian ocean Radio), ROIFM, the first web radio promoting music from the Indian Ocean in France, launched in 2013.
“We never hear music from the Indian Ocean, either from Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles or Reunion. So I said why not promote the Indian Ocean,” Gowry said in a report by a French television channel posted on YouTube.
Sandra Esparon who celebrated 10 years in music last year made her debut with the group 'Dezil' in 2005, with hit single 'San Ou (La Rivière) which was released in France by Sony Music, selling more than 500,000 copies and becoming the summer's most played music video on French television.
"I have performed in France before with Dezil but this time it was different because I was performing solo and alongside other female artists from the Indian Ocean, so it was an experience for me,” said Sandra who noted that there were Seychellois nationals among the crowd.
|Youtube Video - Dezil' - San Ou (La Rivière) the hit featuring a young Sandra that was released in France by Sony Music in 2005. (DezilVEVO/YouTube) Video License: All Rights reserved|
Sandra has during her music career worked on producing three albums and has won at least six awards locally and internationally.
This also includes last year’s Cable Tune Awards, the Seychelles’ leading music awards and ‘La Voix de l'Océan Indien’ trophy presented by Reunion Island to Indian Ocean artists.
Commenting on Sandra's achievements thus far, her Manager and Producer, Patel Esparon who is also her father says the young singer has the backing of a group of people supporting the different aspects of her career on top of her own devotion to music.
The recent trip to France has also been an opportunity for Sandra to develop new cooperation and is already considering collaborating with a new and upcoming French artist. The 25-year-old is also hoping to release at least two singles before the end of the year among other plans.
“For me music is not simply a form of enjoyment but rather a career and I would like to see more young potential singers especially women who are still reluctant, to come forward and showcase their talents,” concluded Sandra.