Fandaharana Baobab with Sheila (in Malagasy language)
The 6 Provinces: Toamasina (Apr, 3rd 2002)

Madagascar has six provinces, each with their own musical traditions, characteristic instruments and distinct rhythms. Toamasina, in the east of the island, encompasses a great diversity of musical styles. Western influence was strong as early as in the 19th century. Acculturated styles include musics to the accordion, an instrument which is popular even in remote areas. More indigenious in origin and style are musical genres with the valiha case-zither. The undisputed master of this instrument was Rakotozafy, who died some 15 years ago.


(1) "Samy faly" (Rakotozafy)
(2) "Poraka" (Zeze & Nono Mahanoro)
(3) "Hody" (Jean Fredy)
(4) "Accordéon Betsimisaraka" (Letody Papa)
(5) "Tamby Tambazo vady" (Rabody Thierry)
(6) "Ravoranga" (Tombo Daniel & family)
(7) "Zamany e" (Solo Razah & family)
(8) "Mankatia" (Pascaal Japhet)
(9) "Bernadety" (Nono Mahanoro)
(10) "Tsy anjara" (Les Frčres Tsi-Tsiou)
(11) "Pitikilanga siramany" (Beranger)
(12) "Feom-baliha" (Tombo Daniel & Marceline Vaviroa)
(13) "Very maina" (Jean Fredy & Les Soeurs Zaharia)
(14) "Vatomandry" (Rabelaza Ernest)


(1) Valiha Madagascar. Ocora (France) OCR 18
(2) Zeze & Nono Mahanoro. Discomad (Madagascar) 466 593
(3) Jean Fredy. Kaiamba (Madagascar) K 79ER 15
(4) Musique Malgache. Ocora (France) OCR 24
(5) Madagascar: Spirit Music from the Tamatave region. AUVIDIS/UNESCO (France) D 8282
(6,11) Madagascar: Land of the Betsimisaraka. AUVIDIS/UNESCO (France) D 8275
(7) Field recording August Schmidhofer, 1991
(8) Pascaal Japhet: Razana. Night & Day (Great Britain) NDCD 002
(9) Nono Mahanoro. Kaiamba (Madagascar) K 79ER 12
(10) Les Frčres Tsi-Tsiou. Kaiamba (Madagascar) K 79.097
(12) Madagasikara one: Current Traditional Music of Madagascar. Globe Style (Great Britain) ORBD 012
(13) Jean Fredy & Les Soeurs Zaharia. Kaiamba (Madagascar) K 80ER 27
(14) Rabelaza Ernest. Discomad (Madagascar) 466 410

FANDAHARANA BAOBAB - Emap.FM's weekly program with Malagasy music, presented by Thiera Bruno and Sheila. Our goals are to present the diversity and creativity of Malagasy music making, to give consideration to all regions, to great stars as well as more localised musicians, contemporary and oldies, innovative and traditional. Every Wednesday at 16:00 UTC - Universal Time (France: 17:00 Summertime, 18:00 Wintertime; Madagascar: 19:00). Replay Friday at 0:00 (UTC) and Sunday at 8:00 (UTC)

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