Founder of La Résistance du Sud troupe, Simon Lagarrigue is a monument to traditional maloya. Born in 1938 in Saint-Pierre, he never ceased to fight for the recognition and valorisation of Creole culture. Just like Firmin Viry (another icon of maloya), Simon was born in a time period where maloya was banned by a conservative ruling class, it could only be played at home and during Communist Party rallies. His explicit lyrics, combativeness and militant commitment caused him trouble and some jailtime in 1968 after a popular protest march. Today the context may have changed, however Simon’s words still resonate with the same strength and vigor as they did decades ago.