A World Out of Time: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar

A World Out of Time: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar


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A World Out of Time: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar

The American guitarists Henry Kaiser and David Lindley were longtime connoisseurs of various musics from around the globe and, in 1991, made a journey to the island country of Madagascar seeking to learn about and record many facets of its contemporary sounds. The island's unique history, with a blending of cultures from South Africa, the Middle East, and India, makes for a music that sounds like no other. This is the first of three volumes that resulted from the trip and it's a major contribution, premiering several groups and musicians who would go on to have successful and productive careers. The music is divided roughly in half with regard to traditional versus pop-oriented songs, with some bands straddling that divide. Tarika Sammy is heard performing a charming number, "Fanaon'ny Ankizy," in an early incarnation of that band before the addition of the two singers, Hanitra and Noro, who would vault the group to some degree of fame and precipitate a rancorous breakup. Two of the major "discoveries" of this venture are the superb singer Dama Mahaleo and the brilliant guitarist D'Gary. Mahaleo is something of the Bob Dylan of Madagascar and the comparison is nothing if not reasonable; his song structures and deep, beguiling voice put most Western singer/songwriters to shame. His brooding song "Kobaka" is a masterpiece, alone worth the price of the disc. D'Gary's guitar work is breathtaking, with attacks and phrasing unheard of in the West, tossed off with misleading ease. Some of the groups, like Rossy and Roger Georges, have something of a cheesy pop quality to them, importing a bit too much of Western rock structures for comfort (Kaiser sits in unnecessarily on a couple of tracks and the closing version of "I Fought the Law" could have been discreetly discarded), but they're more than balanced by brilliant pieces by older Madagascans like Sylvestre Randafison and Rakotofrah. Overall, this is as excellent an introduction to the contemporary state of music in this exotic and fascinating culture as one could desire. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/1992
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351644121
catalogNumber: 64041
Rank: 83196

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Kaiser   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
David Lindley   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Cittern,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Rossy   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Track Performer
Fafa   Vocals
Tarika Sammy   Track Performer
Rakotofrah   Vocals,Track Performer
Josefa Andriamanirisoa   Percussion,Vocals
Samoela Sa Andriammalalahanjaona   Vocals,Vihuela
Herilalao Clement Andrianasolo   Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Luc-Henri Barege   Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping
Panayotis Dourantonis   Percussion,Vocals
Roger Georges   Vocals,Track Performer
Madame Germaine   Percussion,Vocals
Hanitra Jotoa   Percussion
Liva   Percussion
Dama Mahaleo   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mama Sana   Vocals,Track Performer
Rahany Nasiramandresy   Percussion
Rabenatoandro   Vocals
Joachim Rafalison   Trumpet
Meme Raholiarisoa   Vocals
Gilbert Rakotoarivelo   Trumpet
Jean-Roch Rakotomalala-Andriansolo   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Gabriel Rakotomavo   Percussion,Vocals
Germain Rakotomavo   Guitar
Justin Rakotomavo   Accordion,Vocals
Victor Rakotonatoandro   Percussion
Florent Rakotondrasoa   Percussion
Norbert Marie Rakototafika   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Claudia Ramasimanana   Vocals
Serge Ramasimanana   Guitar,Vocals
Zeze Ramiliarison   Vocals
Tarika Ramilison   Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Colbert Ranaivoanison   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Ranarison   Percussion,Vocals
Gerad Ranarison   Percussion,Vocals
Sylvestre Randafison   Track Performer
Bruno Randrianasivelo   Guitar
Ernest Randrianasolo   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Paul Randrianasolo   Percussion
Marie-Josephine Rasoarimalala   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Paul Ratananahavo   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Solomon Ratianarinaivo   Percussion,Vocals
Honorine Razafiarisoa   Vocals
Perline Razafiarisoa   Vocals
Laurent Razafindraibe   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Soloandry Razafindraibe   Percussion,Vocals
Tovo   Track Performer
Voninavoko   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Henry Kaiser   Producer,Engineer
Rakotofrah   Contributor
Samoela Sa Andriammalalahanjaona   Contributor
Birger Gesthuisen   Producer
Roland Itaniky   Contributor
Dama Mahaleo   Contributor
Mama Sana   Contributor
Justin Rakotomavo   Contributor
Augustin Ramiandrisoa   Contributor
Bernhard Ramroth   Engineer
Colbert Ranaivoanison   Contributor
Jean Baptiste Ranaivoarisoa   Contributor
Ratovonirina Ranaivovololona   Contributor
Sylvestre Randafison   Contributor
Dieudonne Randriamananantena   Contributor
Bruno Randrianasivelo   Engineer
Jean Chrys Randrianatoandro   Engineer
Solomon Ratianarinaivo   Contributor
Horelder Razafiazimanana   Contributor
Shoukichi Kina   Composer
Bernard Ramroth   Engineer

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