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Teta
RFI Discoveries award 2013

Teta

The outstanding guitarist, Teta, has performed with a host of Malagasy groups around the island. He started working solo in 2007, and released his first album, Any aminao any, in 2010. His music rolls to rhythms of Tsapiky, the traditional music of South Madagascar.

 

Madagascar, update 2013
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Madagascar, update 2013

Back in the nineties, Madagascar made a foray onto the world music scene with artists like Jaojoby, D’Gary, Tarika, Njava, Rajery and Régis Gizavo, yet contemporary Malagasy musicians haven’t taken up the torch.
Régis Gizavo and the Malagasy Far West
Malagasy music

Régis Gizavo and the Malagasy Far West

The altruist accordionist and champion of fair trade, Régis Gizavo, won RFI Découvertes back in 1990. With his new album, Ilakake, he proves he’s just as adept at opening Malagasy music up to other influences as he is at slotting into the worlds of the musicians he’s accompanied, like Christophe Maé or the late Mano Solo.

Charles Kely, master of the keys
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Charles Kely, master of the keys

The guitarist and singer Charles Kely, formerly with Rajery, has freed up some of the shackles fettering Malagasy music.

Madagascar, land of Surfs and salegy
Independence and music

Madagascar, land of Surfs and salegy

At the time it gained political independence, the island of Madagascar, which played a strong cultural role in the region, started developing and modernizing its tradition-inspired music, and even dabbling with a western sound.

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