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Madagascar: Spirit Music from the Tamatave Region CD

Madagascar: Spirit Music from the Tamatave Region CD

  • $1529


Except for the period of French colonial rule from 1897 to 1960, the peoples of Madagascar have been free and independent. The Malagasy place great belief in ancestral power, evoking the spirits of ancient royalty, tromba, through possession ceremonies. These spirits are summoned to help solve problems, heal illness, and create a devotional base for a world often fractured by foreign intrusion and poverty. According to ethnomusicologist Ron Emoff, who made field recordings of the music here, the tromba ceremonies are also used to creatively rework and reevaluate colonialism, “so that remnants of this once harsh force become valued components of a sacred Malagasy practice.” It is ironic to note that one of the musical instruments played by the Malagasy in these ceremonies is the accordion, a reminder of the 63-year colonial rule by the French.

Track listing

1. Antandroy gorodora (accordion) - 9:06
2. Antandroy maro tady - 9:31
3. Antandroy a cappella singing - 5:38
4. Antandroy mandolina - 6:01
5. Betsimisaraka morceaux tromba: Volamena and Volon'aomby - 8:22
6. Betsimisaraka tromba music on valiha - 2:23
7. Sompatra - 3:06
8. Tamby Tambazo vady - 5:48
9. Betsimisaraka tromba performance on valiha - 3:45
10. Izao no zavatra nikasaina - 4:37
11. Bastos - 3:26


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