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Alefa Madagascar
Various Artists
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Release Date
September 6, 2019
  • Vinyl 2×LP

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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

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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.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Andosy Mora Jean Kely Et Basth 4:25 Buy

    Andosy Mora

  2. 2 Andeha Hanarato Los Matadores 2:57 Buy

    Andeha Hanarato

  3. 3 Moramora Zoky Soymanga 4:41 Buy

    Moramora Zoky

  4. 4 Mama Roger Georges 4:43 Buy


  5. 5 Ny Anjarasoa Mahonena 3:18 Buy

    Ny Anjarasoa

  6. 6 Amboliako Fary Charles Maurin Poty 2:01 Buy

    Amboliako Fary

  7. 7 Izahay Mpamita Mahaleo 3:11 Buy

    Izahay Mpamita

  8. 8 Ngoma Hoe Papa James 3:54 Buy

    Ngoma Hoe

  9. 9 B. B. Gasy Los Pepitos Et Leur Ensemble 3:06 Buy

    B. B. Gasy

  10. 10 Farahy Feon'ala 3:34 Buy


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