Introducing - Introducing...Vakoka Malagasy All Stars (CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. International
  3. Madagascan
Number of Discs
Number of Items
Introducing...Vakoka Malagasy All Stars
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
World Music Network
Mono / Stereo
The Wire (p.74) - "[T]his is sophisticated Madagascan pop in which vocal harmonies, guitars and the marovany box zither interlock with the headlong but featherlight triple rhythms characteristic of most local music."
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] SALAMA
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] ERA
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] VORONDOLO
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] LAZAO
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] DAME IHAOVA
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] FALY SY RAVO
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] MAROMASO
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] MANIGNE
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] VOROMBAZAHA
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] AOMBLY MAVAZA LOHA
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] TOKALAVA
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] HIRAN'NY GASY
Sony Music
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Salama
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Era
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Vorondolo
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Lazao
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Dame Ihaova
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Faly Sy Ravo
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Maromaso
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Manigne
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Vorombazaha
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Aomby Mazava Loha
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Tokalava
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Hiran'ny Gasy
World / International
Release Date
7 March 2008
South Africa

Personnel: Haja (vocals, guitar); Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo (vocals, talking drum, background vocals); Solange Hajanirina, Gilbert Mosa, Soja Desman (vocals, background vocals); Chila, Manag¤osiky Damy, Gabin (vocals); Lalasoa (acoustic guitar, trombone, acoustic bass); Seta Ramaroson Andrianary (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bongos, maracas, shaker, hand claps); Panayotis Dourantonis (guiro, percussion).
Recording information: Mahamasina Market; Studio Mars, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Photographers: Haingotiana Anderson; Sebastian Whittaker & the Creators.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Seta Ramaroson Andrianary; Solange Hajanirina; Gilbert Mosa; Manag¤osiky Damy; Soja Desman; Haja Mbolatiana Tovo Rasolomahatratra.
Vakoka is something of a one-shot Malagasy supergroup, comprised of performers and composers from around the island, each with their own bits of diverse styles and ideas. The two primary forces behind the music are Seta Andrianary, a woodwind player from the capital, and Hanitra Rasoanaivo, the force behind Tarika. The roster is filled in by a number of local stars and composing geniuses. The idea behind the album itself is to represent something from each of the multitude of styles present in Malagasy traditional music (sans the rock and pop influences hopefully), and moreover to combine this multitude of styles into a coherent whole. This is done remarkably well, with each composer setting out a couple of songs and the group members each taking on the various aspects of the sound from their own repertoire. Valihas, sodinas, and guitars intermingle over a constant patter of small drums during the hotter numbers, and light twinkling on the strings accompanies softer vocals on the slower numbers. The album capably transports the listener to an aesthetic not present in much of Western music, and an ambience that's rarely to be experienced outside of the locale in question. Give it a spin as something of a mixed primer of Malagasy music. ~ Adam Greenberg

Ryko Distribution
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Sebastian Whittaker & The Creators
  1. Vakoka Malagasy All Stars
Date Released
Sebastian Whittaker & The Creators
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