Madagascar Music Discography

Madagascar Music Discography

By Ashley Lavanceau

Malagasy (2004)

“Jaojoby is the most popular singer in Madagascar and throughout the Indian Ocean islands. Accompanied by a group, part of which is family, on a par with the best rock, funk, and jazz bands of the Western world, he is one of the founders and the most brilliant interpreter of the style that symbolizes the “Red Island”: salegy” (Jaojoby Malagasy).

1 Indosiko Anao
2 Tsy Zanakra Mpanarivo
3 Tany Tsaratsara
4 K’aza Miahiahy
5 Mahore
6 Sitraka Zanahary
7 Mahangoma
8 Malagasy
9 Mitiadavia Vola
10 Come On
11 Atera Zaho Ndeha Hoandry
12 Potiky Aminao

Madagascar: Merina Country (2002)

“This anthology is devoted to the musical traditions of the Merina, an ethnic group which constituted one of the largest kingdoms in Madagascar. Merina country, also called Imerina –the present- day providence of Tananarive-lies right in the heart of the island. Its general appearance reminds one of certain Asian landscapes with their valleys sculpted in terraced rice fields. This recording is homage to the palace of Manjakamiadana, a powerful image of the ancient Merina kingdom. This monument, which was once a veritable socio-cultural and religious nucleus, has remained a symbol of the musical culture of this people. Given the diversity of this music, this recording [volume 1] concentrates on two aspects: the well-known, popular groupings of valiha zither, the kabosy lute, the sodina flute…and music of the peasantry. Two characteristics which, each on its own way, shed new light on this tradition letting us appreciate the touch of each master and the individuality and virtuosity of hiragasy musicians” (Merina Country).

1 Raha misy potraka ( If Someone Falls)
2 Hiragasy
3 Mandihiza Rahitsikitsika (Dance Mr Hitsikitsika-A bird)
4 Kilalao rivotra (Playing [imitating] the Wind)
5 Mifankatiava ( Love One Another)
6 Tsara ny fombandrazana (The Customs of our Ancestors Are Good)
7 Tovovavy jefijefy ( A Charming Young Girl)
8 Mitalaho (Supplication)
9 Mifankatiava (Love One Another)
10 Mazava atsinana (Dawn)
11 Izy mirahavavy (The Two Sisters)
12 Ny any aminay (Back Home)
13 Mandihiza Rahitsikitsika (Dane Mr Hitsikitsika-A bird)
14 Mazava atsinana (Dawn)
15 Hafatra (Message)
16 Kamboty (Orphans)
17 Tsenao zalahy izy (Come, Go find)
18 Tontolon’ny ankizy (The World of Children)
18 Mandihiza (dance Everyone)

Madagascar: Malgache Connexion bilo

“Malgache Connection is not a group nor is it a compilation. It’s a rare grouping of Malagasy musicians, of different generations or tribes, creating a mosaic of Indian music, throughout Madagascar. Malagasy music, although very little known, somehow sounds like, just about any music. Its universality is amazing. Nevertheless, even in Madagascar, the ultimate continent of integration: the south is the south. The lighter the skin the higher in the realm of society. In general the classes and tribes don’t mix, not even the musicians. Malagache Connection is the only tool that permits, this music to bypass all its barriers and makes this reunion a space to create without complex the Malagasy music of today. The repertoire including, the groups personal compositions, is all based on the traditional tunes and rhythms, renewed, respectfully. If fact, the group, in its diverse formations, gives a varnish to the “rusty classics”, triggering “new classics” to put the energy of the younger and the experience of the older, for one another, putting melodies of the capital, and rhythms of the south, in the same song…The merging of many medleys and modes make this a modern record that brings back the ancestors” (Malagache Connexion bilo).

1 Bilo
2 Zoma Dance
3 Vali Connexion
4 O Zokye
5 Dounia
6 Tiralila
7 Lalana
8 Walking G
9 Dida
10 Rila
11 Rakotozafy Medley
12 Voahangy
13 Zebu
14 Sana
15 Malala
16 Tsiki Tsiky

Bemiray: Polyphonies Des Hauts-Plateaux (1992)

“These musicians from the countryside close to the capital, who are in turn singers, dancers, percussionists, clarinetists, trumpeters, violinists, valiha players, and more, have an exceptional mastery over their instruments, taking into consideration that many of them are under twenty years of age. As the group “Bemiray”, they offer us their interpretation of “Merina” music from the High Plateaux, together with that of the island’s other ethnic groups” (Bemiray: Polyphonies Des Hauts-Plateaux).

1 Mazava Anstinanana
2 O ralinina
3 Iza ireo
4 Efata nirahalahy
5 Boana malilo
6 Sao dia mipika
7 Vola parata
8 Rivodrivotra
9 Lalao e
10 Hira gasy
11 Madagasikra tany mamiko
12 Satrana
13 Mahajanga
14 Iza ireo
15 Tanisa
16 Ramilafilao
17 Marovoay
18 Ny lanitra mangamanga
19 Manantantely

Madagascar: Accordions and Ancestral Spirits (2001)

“ The accordion has become a highly desired and valued instrument in both tromba and tsaboraha ceremonies, one particularly effective for communicating with ancestral spirits. Yet the accordion is most often transformed from its initial form designed and set in the European factory-either by deliberate and complex alterations in tuning and harmonic structure that some Malagasy affect upon their accordions, or by the wear and deterioration of time, which have also altered the voices and performative dynamics of these instruments. The incorporation of a once-European instrument into sacred Malagasy practices raises interesting questions about appropriation, “tradition,” and colonialism itself, among many other things. As accordion practice throughout Madagascar suggests (along with numerous other incorporative practices there), Malagasy have in some ways been able to rework things left over from the colonial era, to alter and develop these into things uniquely Malagasy" (Madagascar: Accoridions and Ancestral Spirits).

1 Antandroy Tromba I
2 Vadinao basesa
3 Tsaboraha
4 Antananarivo Ambohimanga
5 Antaisaka tromba
6 Sakalava Tromba
7 Sintaka nahaona anao?
8 Babalehilahy
9 Ilay Mitso
10 Antandroy Tromba II

References for Madagascar Discography

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