Alefa Madagascar – Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974-1984

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Strut continues its essential compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with ‘Alefa Madagascar’, the first compilation to document the unique culture of salegy, soukous and soul on the island during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Originating as far back as the 15th Century through folkloric ceremonial music and an a cappella chanting style
called antsa, salegy emerged as a fast-tempoed local dance style based on 6/8 and 12/8 rhythms. By the ‘60s, radio
was bringing in new sounds from the Congo, Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya and Jean Francois de Comarmond’s
Discomad label championed a new generation of artists breaking the mould with their own new fusions of styles as
electric instruments replaced the traditional. The strong call-and-response dialogues, rich vocal choruses and rolling
triplet feel in the rhythm sections all boasted a unique Malagasy sensibility and singles started selling tens of
thousands of copies, rivalling any foreign music at the time. Local pop was sometimes referred to as tapany maintso
(half-green) a reference to the stickers on singles from the other key label in Madagascar, Kaïamba, many of them
produced by Charles Maurin Poty whose work was crucial in shaping the emerging genre.

Tracklist

1. Jean Kely Et Basth – Andosy Mora
2. Soymanga – Moramora Zoky
3. Roger Georges – Mama
4. Ny Anjarasoa – Mahonena
5. Charles Maurin Poty – Amboliako Fary
6. Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita
7. Papa James – Ngôma Hoe
8. Los Pépitos Et Leur Ensemble – B.B. Gasy
9. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre – Jazz Sega
10. Feon’Ala – Farahy
11. Terak’ Anosy Group – Soaliza
12. Saka Dit The King – Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)
13. Michael – Razana Tsy Ho Meloko
14. Falafa – Rapela
15. Los Matadores – Andeha Hanarato
16. Nino Rafah – Oa Niny Ê
17. Kaiamba Orchestra – Tokatoka
18. Atrefy Andriana – Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko

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