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Toko Telo at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2017

Toy Raha Toy, the debut recording by Malagasy superband Toko Telo is the number one album in the Transglobal World Music Chart for August 2017. The trio includes guitarist and vocalist D’Gary, vocalist and percussionist Monika Njava and accordionist and vocalist Régis Gizavo.

This was Règis Gizavo’s final album. He died on July 16, 2017.

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Artist Profiles: D’Gary

D’Gary

Ernest Randrianasolo, better known as D’Gary, was born October 22, 1961 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He’s Madagascar’s best known guitarist.

D’Gary reached an international audience in the 1990s through a famous collaboration with musician/producers David Lindley and Henry Kaiser. Their album, A World Out Of Time, featured D’Gary’s extraordinary, open-tuning playing style developed from traditional instrumental techniques. A series of international recording projects and concerts followed.

D’Gary toured North America with the International Guitar Night ensemble and recorded the International Guitar Night II live album with Brian Gore, Miguel de la Bastide and Clive Carroll.

In 2009 D’Gary toured with Bela Fleck’s Africa Project along with Toumani Diabate, Vusi Mahlasela, and Anania Ngoglia.

In 2017, D’Gary was one of tyhe stars that appeared in the debut album by Toko Telo, a trio featuring three of the finest Malagasy artists. The group played genres from southern Madagascar, including tsapiky, jihe, and beko.

Discography

Malagasy Guitar – Music From Madagascar (Shanachie, 1993)
The Long Way Home, with Dama (Shanachie, 1994)
Horombe, with Jihe (Stern’s, 1996)
Mbo Loza (Indigo, 1997)
Akata Meso (Indigo, 2002)
Toy Raha Toy (Anio, 2017)

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Sublime Toy Raha Toy

Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy

Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio Records, 2017)

Toko Telo is a world music supergroup that brings together three of the finest and best-known Malagasy artists. The lineup includes guitar virtuoso and vocalist D’Gary (Ernest Randrianasolo), vocalist and percussionist Monika Njava voice & percussion; and accordionist and vocalist Régis Gizavo.

The trio delivers masterful performances showcasing their talent in a set of original songs by D’Gary, Régis Gizavo and other songwriters. You’ll find fiery guitar and accordion pieces, along with beautiful laid back songs.

Sadly, Règis Gizavo died on July 16, 2017. Toko Telo have decided to continue to perform in his honor.

Toy Raha Toy is an impeccable album representing music rooted in the traditions of southern Madagascar, performed by three world class musicians.

 

 

Buy the Toy Raha Toy CD or the MP3 download.

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Hanitra’s Songs from Madagascar

Hanitra – Songs from Madagascar – Lasa (ARC Music EUCD2688, 2017)

A frequent complaint from listeners about world music releases is that they are too various. Artists from musical rivulets outside the mainstream seem to feel like representatives of their beloved homelands’ entire musical tradition, and try to share it all in one CD release. It is a natural impulse, akin to the “First Release Syndrome” reviewers often sense even in mainstream pop. It is, however, rarely possible for an artist to successfully pack forty pounds of ethnomusicology into a two-pound bag. Hanitra, on ARC’s new offering, “Songs from Madagascar – Lasa,” is an exception.

Song topics on this disc range, as liner notes announce, from “deforestation … to same-sex love, maltreatment of wives and a rebellion of housewives,” yet has continuity and impact as a package.

Hanitra has an ideally broad background as an individual and in educational background, and is a perfect representative of Madagascar’s various physical and cultural concerns. The tracks are as much songlines as songs, providing listeners maps of her country and her heart. Elegantly simple in instrumentation, the songs are beautifully layered and sophisticated in presentation, thanks both to the backing combo and the engineers. “Lasa” is a tribute to Hanitra, her recording team and her label.

Buy Songs from Madagascar – Lasa

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