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Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:51 pm
by andry
There's some great thing going out!

First the label of Dozzy (famous guitarist from Njava). Terrible but seems on stand by due to the political situation going on right in Madagascar.

http://www.myspace.com/nonezeromc

Another label who produce some quality stuff: Roots power

http://www.myspace.com/rootspower7

Not really a label but they have produce the very last album of Teta!

http://www.myspace.com/balafomanga

Support the Malagasy music!

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:54 pm
by judith
andry wrote:There's some great thing going out!

First the label of Dozzy (famous guitarist from Njava). Terrible but seems on stand by due to the political situation going on right in Madagascar.

http://www.myspace.com/nonezeromc


I notice that NoneZero has Charlie Gillett as a friend on their MySpace page. The man is everywhere.

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:03 pm
by Chris P
andry wrote: Dozzy (famous guitarist from Njava)


Dozzy plays guitar & produces the new record (Zebu Nation) by Razia Said on the Cumbancha label. On first hearing of one track it sounds a little smooth & mainstream, but I have yet to hear more from it. Paddy Bush likes it & he's got good ears for Malagasy music

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Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:39 pm
by Chris P
Chris P wrote: the new record (Zebu Nation) by Razia Said on the Cumbancha label


just found this is on Spotify (as are most Cumbancha releases apparently)

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:47 pm
by andry
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I don't really like the "Njava sound" as people call it in Madagascar; they always, like you said it Chris, sounds "smooth & mainstream".
I can't talk about this particular production (I don't hear right now) but It seems that Dozzy is more "rough" in general (production speaking).

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:00 pm
by Chris P
I've listened to half of it (Zebu Nation by Razia Said) now, and although it's too 'easy on the ear' for my taste, I still think it is likeable and has plenty of merit. I hope it does well, it's the highest profile Malagasy release in the States and Europe for quite a while. Although significantly Raiza hasn't spent the majority of her life actually in Madagascar as far as I can tell, her heart is still clearly there.

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:21 pm
by andry
I still think it is likeable and has plenty of merit. I hope it does well, it's the highest profile Malagasy release in the States and Europe for quite a while


It is for sure! There was no more malagasy music available in Europe or USA since ... a long time ago.
Not really in fact , there's the album of Mikea (winner of the RFI prix musique du monde). Very good one (I'm going to look for the label and all the infos!).

Raiza hasn't spent the majority of her life actually in Madagascar as far as I can tell.


You're right Chris but she is coming back with regularity.

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:34 pm
by Chris P
andry wrote:There was no more malagasy music available in Europe or USA since ... a long time ago.


Probably 2004 "Introducing Vakoka" co-ordinated by Tarika's Hanitra was the last very well known release. Although there were a few of us who heard & bought Kilema's 2008 disc 'Mena' (on Snail record label). So far I haven't 'got' Mikea, I thought maybe too much easy listening again for my liking, but I'll try again in case I was wrong.
Rajery's 2007 disc 'Sofera' was well appreciated, & Charlie played some tracks from it.

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:47 pm
by Tonie
Chris P wrote:So far I haven't 'got' Mikea, I thought maybe too much easy listening again for my liking, but I'll try again in case I was wrong.
Rajery's 2007 disc 'Sofera' was well liked, & Charlie played some tracks from it


Chris, I'm afraid I agree on Mikea, although their first album, Longo (Malagasy release only), is a bit more rough and interesting (I remember having the same conversation with Andry in Madagascar!). In the end I never bought their second album, however the story behind it is nice, as I found on the RFI website (in English!): http://www.rfimusique.com/musiqueen/art ... e_8164.asp - it's a nice touch with the translated album sleeve, for which he had to sell his cattle, apparently (and a Malagasy man does not easily sell his cattle!). However the singer, Theo, has huge stage charisma, so he will probably do well on the European tour which RFI pay for (though for visa reasons I doubt he will make it to the UK).

Andry also mentioned:
Another label who produce some quality stuff: Roots power
http://www.myspace.com/rootspower7

Yes, I really like them too... I'm enjoying the Namavao track right now. So, is "trumba records" taking over from Studio Mars (RIP)?

Re: Independant label from Madagascar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:26 pm
by andry
I remember having the same conversation with Andry in Madagascar!


Me too!

is "trumba records" taking over from Studio Mars (RIP)


They seems to do so but 40 years of production for studio Mars (since the discomad era) is hard to overcome. Plus they don't have a lot of available albums outside Madagascar, but you can download "Ty ndaty" from Namavao et Marina on mondomix.

Basically they are the only label really active right now in Madagascar.(minus the small labels who works only for the tsapiky market)