Patyatann is a musical project from Mauritius, which today includes five versatile musicians: Sarasvati Mallac, Anthony Bouic, Kan Chan Kin, Nitish Boojhawon and Stephan Paul.
The group was formed in 2012 and was subsequently selected to represent Mauritius at the World Event Young Artists in England, a festival organized in the wake of the Olympics. In 2013, the band performed at the Indian Ocean’s Music Market (IOMMA) in Reunion Island and was also the first Mauritian band to come 3rd in a contest for the award of the Prix Musiques de l’Océan Indien. It was acclaimed for its “originality” and “freshness”.
In 2016 they released their first album Sanpek, which was successfully received, and allowed them to tour in Mauritius and internationally in France and Switzerland in 2018.
”Patyatann” is a composite word in Mauritian Creole, which literally means: It was not expected. This word was chosen because it chronicles the extraordinary journey of the band and its singular musical style. Patyatann’s repertoire is built upon the cultural diversity of Mauritius by incorporating elements of traditional Mauritian music, but also sonorities from the Indian Ocean and beyond.
The band brings together elements of eastern (including African, Chinese and Indian) and western influences, which are part of the Mauritian identity and resonate in other parts of an increasingly multicultural world.
Patyatann experiments with different traditional instruments that can be found in Mauritius, including the erhu, the bobre, the sanza, the tabla, the didgeridoo and of course the ravanne. Their music is also characterized by its vocal harmonies or polyphonies, sung in different languages: Creole, French, English, Sanskrit or Bhojpuri.
Patyatann’s music, lyrics and melodies aim to inspire and convey strong values by addressing themes such as the respect and love for nature, generosity, spirituality, relationship with others, and the importance of being open to the diversity of this world.