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Music of Madagascar

For too long now, Madagascar, an island with a multi-cultural, indigenous mix of Asians, Africans and Europeans, has been a blank spot on the musical map of the west. But in the early 80’s, the first Malagasy ensembles had already come to Cologne, to record for the WDR (West German Radio and Television Network).

These groups, still regarded as the top bands of the island, have strongly influenced many popular rock musicians of the west. Rossy, for instance, has played with Peter Gabriel and David Lindley. Mahaleo has performed in many parts of the world, Matrimbala and Justin Vali continue to thrill huge audiences in the USA and France. Mireille and Tselonina, with their voices of biting intensity, are celebrating a well-earned "comeback" on this CD.

These recordings, featuring six hand-picked ensembles, made over the course of twelve years, comprise a dazzlingly colourful tapestry of sparkling musicality: filigree folk music of the island continent with beautiful voices, harps, guitars and accordions - edited by the greatest connoisseur of the genre, Birger Gesthuisen.

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