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Alefa Madagascar

Various Artists - Alefa Madagascar

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A1: Jean Kely Et Basth - Andosy Mora
A2: Soymanga - Moramora Zoky
A3: Roger Georges - Mama
A4: Ny Anjarasoa - Mahonena

B1: Charles Maurin Poty - Amboliako Fary
B2: Mahaleo - Izahay Mpamita
B3: Papa James - Ngôma Hoe
B4: Los Pépitos Et Leur Ensemble - B. B. Gasy
B5: Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - Jazz Sega

C1: Feon'ala - Farahy
C2: Terak' Anosy Group - Soaliza
C3: Saka dit The King - Ȏdy Ȏdy (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)
C4: Michael - Razana Tsy Ho Meloko

D1: Falafa - Rapela
D2: Los Matadores - Andeha Hanarato
D3: Nino Rafah - Oa Niny Ê
D4: Kaiamba Orchestra - Tokatoka
D5: Atrefy Andriana - Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko
1. Jean Kely Et Basth - Andosy Mora 04:25
2. Los Matadores - Andeha Hanarato 02:57 video
3. Soymanga - Moramora Zoky 04:41
4. Roger Georges - Mama 04:43
5. Mahonena - Ny Anjarasoa 03:18
6. Charles Maurin Poty - Amboliako Fary 02:01
7. Mahaleo - Izahay Mpamita 03:11
8. Papa James - Ngôma Hoe 03:54
9. Los Pépitos Et Leur Ensemble - B. B. Gasy 03:06
10. Feon'ala - Farahy 03:34
11. Terak' Anosy Group - Soaliza 05:59
12. Saka dit The King - Ȏdy Ȏdy (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso) 04:08
13. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - Jazz Sega 03:57
14. Falafa - Rapela 03:41
15. Michael - Razana Tsy Ho Meloko 03:34
16. Nino Rafah - Oa Niny Ê 03:43
17. Kaiamba Orchestra - Tokatoka 03:15
18. Atrefy Andriana - Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko 03:54

Strut continues its essential compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with ‘Alefa Madagascar’, the first compilation to document the unique culture of salegy, soukous and soul on the island during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Originating as far back as the 15 th Century through folkloric ceremonial music and an a cappella chanting style called antsa, salegy emerged as a fast- tempoed local dance style based on 6/8 and 12/8 rhythms. By the ‘60s, radio was bringing in new sounds from the Congo, Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya and Jean Francois de Comarmond’s Discomad label championed a new generation of artists breaking the mould with their own new fusions of styles as electric instruments replaced the traditional. The strong call-and- response dialogues, rich vocal choruses and rolling triplet feel in the rhythm sections all boasted a unique Malagasy sensibility and singles started selling tens of thousands of copies, rivalling any foreign music at the time. Local pop was sometimes referred to as tapany maintso (half-green) a reference to the stickers on singles from the other key label in Madagascar, Kaïamba, many of them produced by Charles Maurin Poty whose work was crucial in shaping the emerging genre.

‘Alefa Madagascar’ showcases the rich variety of sounds during this heyday of Malagasy music: Roger Georges’ ‘Mama’ and Jean Kely et Basth’s ‘Andosy Mora’ bring the raw energy of salegy, influential band Los Matadores drop military drums and Hammond soul in the classic ‘Andeha Hanarato’; Mahaleo’s ‘Izahay Mpamita’ showcases the band’s powerful folk sound, a crucial voice emerging from the Rotaka farmer and student protests of 1972, while Terak’Anosy Group work around a stomping Congolese guitar groove. The era paved the way for many of the household names of Malagasy music today including Jaojoby, D’Gary and Lego.

Mastered by The Carvery and featuring cover artwork by top illustrator Lewis Heriz, ‘Alefa Madagascar’ is released on 16th August 2019 and is compiled by Réunionese DJs La Basse Tropicale and Percy Yip Tong (Mauritius). Physical formats feature sleeve notes by influential producer Charles Maurin Poty and Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide.
 

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Released September 6, 2019
2019, Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

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