2004/02/18: Concert with Vilon'Androy, Nainako & Samy Rastafahany. Broadcasted and recorded by Emil H. Lubej on Nov 28th, 2003 @ Hotel Glacier / Antananarivo. At the begin there is a short interview with Soazara
2002/07/10: The accordion (gorodao), introduced in Madagascar since the first half of the 19th century, was once popular even in remote areas of the whole country. It is now rarely seen because it is difficult to get replacement parts in Madagascar and so the instruments wear out. The accordion is especially associated with tromba and bilo trance rituals. In this context it can facilitate communication with ancestors and spirits and induce people to dance.
2002/07/03: Madagascar has many outstanding guitar players; some of them are well known in the world music scene of the Western world. Their style is, however, generally deeply rooted in local traditions
2002/06/19: Sodina is the common term used for flutes in Madagascar. Flutes of different sizes can be found in all regions of the island. They are played only by men and very often in ensembles with drums. Besides the sodina our program showcases some pieces from old Malagasy records
2002/06/12: Lokanga is a term which includes string instruments of various kinds. They are found in the highlands and the south of Madagascar and derive from viols introduced by European sailors in the 16th and 17th centuries
2002/06/05: The kabosy is a guitar-like instrument with four strings (in most cases, but can have from 1 to 7 strings). It is often home-made by the musician himself. The kabosy is the most widespread instrument in Madagascar
2002/05/29: The Valiha, a bamboo zither, is called the national instrument of Madagascar. It was originally played in religious ceremonies. Today, the instrument is rather rare, except in the central highlands and the north of Madagascar
2002/04/24: Madagascar has six provinces, each with their own musical traditions, characteristic instruments and distinct rhythms.
In Fianarantsoa a wide variety of styles and traditions can be encountered, because three musical style areas are
embraced by this large province: the highlands, the east, and the south
2002/04/17: Madagascar has six provinces, each with their own musical traditions, characteristic instruments and distinct rhythms.
The music of the people of the central highlands was the most strongly influenced by European models. None the less,
these were to a great extend absorbed into local culture, which led to the development of several hybrid forms.
Contrary to the flourishing dance-music of the inhabitants of coastal districts, the music of the highlands is more vocally orientated
2002/04/10: Madagascar has six provinces, each with their own musical traditions, characteristic instruments and distinct rhythms. The variety of musical forms is especially great in the province of Mahajanga in the north-west of the island because of both the ethnic diversity of its people (including imigrants from the highlands and the southern regions), the connections with the nearby Comoro Islands and strong influences from Africa. Some of Madagascar's most popular dance rythms are associated with the Mahajanga province: the malesa, bawejy, kaoitry, antosy and watcha
2002/04/03: 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
2002/03/27: Madagascar has six provinces, each with their own musical traditions, characteristic instruments and distinct rhythms. Antsiranana, in the north of the island, is the birthplace of the salegy. Leading masters of this fast 6/8 dance rhythm include Jaojoby and salegy queen Ninie, as well as more localised musicians like Alain d'Andapa and Alain Sambava. Our program futher features traditional local music with strong Arabic influences and some fine examples of more Western oriented popular music, thus giving an impression of the wide diversity of styles found throughout the north of the Great Island
2002/03/20: Rakotofrah, the "flute master of Madagascar" died on September 29, 2001. He was enourmously popular on the island, considered a national figure and sent to many countries in order to represent Madagascar at cultural festivals. His picture appeared on the 1000 Francs note, until banknotes featuring a new design came into circulation some years ago. Our program showcases some highlights of his manifold musical activities
2002/03/13: After the independence of Madagascar in 1960 the music of the island was much more concerned with its roots than it was before. Pioneers of this nationalist movement in music were Odeam Rakoto and the Trio ny Antsaly. The second part of the program presents some new releases of Malagasy music.
2002/03/06: Lavitry ny tanindrazana (Far from home) presents Malagasy songs which deal with the pains of people who have left their country. But one day they will return to their island in the Indian Ocean. The second part of the program presents modern Malagasy dance music.