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Long Way Home
     

The Long Way Home

by Dama & d'Gary
 
The 1991 expedition to Madagascar by Henry Kaiser and David Lindley to investigate its local music scene unearthed many a treasure for Western ears, but two of the most prized finds have to be the astounding guitarist D'Gary and the legendary singer Dama

Overview

The 1991 expedition to Madagascar by Henry Kaiser and David Lindley to investigate its local music scene unearthed many a treasure for Western ears, but two of the most prized finds have to be the astounding guitarist D'Gary and the legendary singer Dama Mahaleo. Here they join forces for a session recorded in Louisiana aided by some local musicians as well as Kaiser. The songs range over the contemporary Madagascaran soundscape, from bittersweet and beautiful traditional tunes to somewhat saccharine pop songs. D'Gary, who didn't own his own guitar until given one by Kaiser and Lindley in 1991, possesses a wonderfully fleet, melodious style, derived at least in part from the tradition of native harp and lute playing, and his voice has a earnest, reedy quality. Dama Mahaleo is the real standout, however, with one of the richest voices the listener could ever hope to hear. His woody, deep-pitched tones are utterly beguiling. The English-speaking listener needn't worry about not understanding the lyrical content; one is perfectly content to sit in wonder at that glorious voice. When the material is at its best, as on the opening song, "Hiakatra Sa Hidina," or the striking "Tongava Re!," this recording ranks with the best of contemporary African music. But even when the song's essences don't quite live up to the talents of their performers, The Long Way Home is easily listenable and provides a fine introduction to the myriad wonders of Madagascaran music. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1994
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351645227
catalogNumber:
64052

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Performance Credits

Dama & d'Gary   Primary Artist
Michael Doucet   Fiddle
Henry Kaiser   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robin Petrie   Background Vocals
Danny Carnahan   Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
D'Gary   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
Dama   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Panayotis Dourantonis   Percussion,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Steve Kimock   Electric Guitar
Lava   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Dama Mahaleo   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kabosy
Paul Weller   Electric Bass
Paul Hostetter   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Henry Kaiser   Producer
Dama   Contributor
Bernhard Ramroth   Engineer
Joan Pelosi   Art Direction
Hanta Ralaizonia Rideout   Liner Notes

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