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Son Egal

Tarika Audio CD

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Listen  1. Tsy Kivy (Don't be Discouraged) 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Avelo (Ghost) 5:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Voandalana (Fruit of the Trip) 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Zotra (Transport) 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonegaly (Senegalese) 6:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rafrancois 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vavaka (Prayer) 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ady (Fight) 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sento (Sigh) 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Raha Tiany (Things We Like) 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Forever 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Diso Be (Very Wrong) 5:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aza Misy Miteniteny (Don't Say Anything) 5:000.79  Buy MP3 

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One of the most groundbreaking bands on the world music scene, Tarika’s re-issue of 1997’s Son Egal approaches the folk music traditions of their native Madagascar with an eye towards the future. This re-issue of Tarika’s landmark 1997 album, Son Egal, showcases 13 tracks that are exotic yet accessible. Produced by Simon Emmerson (Baaba Maal; Afro-Celt Sound System) and Martin Russell, Tarika's trademark harmonies, joyous and funky, shine atop the invigorating sounds of updated Malagasy traditional instruments; beautiful melodies float over modern bass lines propelling buoyant percussive grooves. But Tarika is more than just an enticingly unique world music dance band. The group has always tackled serious social problems of Malagasy concern. Previous albums have confronted such controversial subjects as the situation of women of the plight of the poor. On Son Egal, however, Tarika has upped the ante and gone for the political jugular. In the mid 1890s the French took control of Madagascar and in 1897 deposed Queen Ranavalona III. 50 years later, utilizing Tirailler Senegalais, (African troops trained in Senegal), the colonial power put down a Malagasy uprising. To the Malagasy, the African troops were all simply 'Senegalais' and years of anti-Senegalese sentiment ensued. Tarika's leader Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo ("Anch") realized that 1997 marks the 100th anniversary of the exile of Madagascar's last queen and the 50th since the 1947 failed bid to oust the French colonials. The central theme for the new album became a call for healing historical wounds and righting modern political wrongs. In Malagasy, Sonegaly means 'Senegalese'. In French, Son Egal means 'equal sound'. Enlisting several leading Senegalese musicians who, through the lending of their talents to the sessions add a special curative as well as musical flavor, Tarika takes a bold step forward politically, socially and artistically. Recorded in Madagascar, Son Egal is a work that is of both historical import and musical adventure. It's time for reconciliation. Let's dance. Artists: Hanitra, Noro, Donne, Ny Ony, Solo, Kaauwding Cissokho, Massamba Diop, Ramanerisoa Jean Donne, Raharilala Clement Tafita, Rakotozafy Julien, Ranaivo Adolphe, Ranaivoson Roger, Randrianarivony Alain Victor, Ravoniarisoa Emilienne Tracks; 1.Tsy Kivy / 2. Avelo / 3.Voandalana / 4.Zotra / 5.Sonegaly / 6.Rafrancois / 7.Vavaka / 8.Ady / 9. Sento / 10.Raha Tiany / 11.Forever / 12.Diso Be / 13.Aza Misy Miteniteny

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important history lesson set to great rhythm 12 Mar 2002
By "skak1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In March 1947, the French government sent troops from Senegal to crush an uprising in its colony of Madgascar. Estimates claim that perhaps as many as 100,000 inhabitants of the world's 4th largest Island were killed in the crushing of this exile. Torture and rape also featured in these brutalities. The Malagasy have never forgiven the Senegalese for these atrocities committed in the name of France. Tarika set out to discover the truth of these brutalities and used this as the central concept of this album (Son egal, literally 'equal sound', is a play on words with the French word for Senegal). The group discovered that although the troops used to crush their up-rising were called Senegalese they were actually from all over Africa. The album is a plea for reconciliation- should former colonies continue to be divided by violence carried out in the name of the coloniser? is it not time to move on? Even if this and other political messages in the album leave you cold, you will find here a superb range of rhythms and melodies. This is African dance music at its best. Some have compared the group to Bob Marley. Although the style is very different from his reggae there are certain similarities in the emphasis on rhythm and also the up-lifting message of the lyrics which are usually a plea for peace and positive thinking. The liner notes of this album translate most of the songs into English and give interesting explanations of all the songs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Jewel 3 May 2000
By tirouj@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of favorite of all genres. It is filled with wonderful harmonious voices, vaiety of styles and instrumentation, with adequate production. (This can't be said of much music today.) This CD is enough to capture any music lovers attention. C'est tres bien!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league as Tarika's other albums 12 April 2002
By woburnmusicfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the weakest of Tarika's albums. The songs discuss deep issues, from the systemic corruption of Madagascar's politicians to France's 1947 use of soldiers from its other African colonies to brutally put down a Madagascar uprising. But all the effort was put into the lyrics, and none into the music. Unless you speak Malagasy, once you've read through the liner notes, what you're left with is a CD of nondescript music. The song "Avelo" is an exception. (I'm not even sure the effort was put into the lyrics--Hanitra Rasoanaivo's liner notes are a lot more compelling than the translations of the lyrics she provides.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancible, and real! 21 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The musicians and singers in the Madagascar band, Tarika, certainly come forward with music of substance in this release. It is dancible, lively and infectious, without being overly pop. The lyrics, while not in English, are serious and usually politically-hard hitting, written in a positive, rather than negative, mode. (The liner notes are comprehensive.) There's nary a bad song on this album. Recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, intense album 11 Nov 2002
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Possibly the best album by this renowned Madagascar ensemble... Their sound is built around the various types of harps and stringed instruments used in Malagasy music; also included are Senegalese and mainland instruments like the kora-- the reason for this is that the album's content is about the rocky colonial-era relationship between Madagascar and Senegal. Apparently 19th-Century colonial authorities used Senegalese troops to supress unrest in Madagascar, playing one ethnic group off another, and singer-songwriter Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo explores the fallout of that bitter history in her lyrics. Mostly what will be noticed by Northern hemisphere listeners will be the pretty music... nice stuff!
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