Island of Ghosts

Rossy

Released 11 November 1991

  1. Madagasikara
  2. Hazo Avo
  3. Mbola Tsara
  4. Maki
  5. Kila
  6. Dia Maninona
  7. Mazava Atsinanana
  8. Mitopa
  9. Midona
  10. Tsingy
  11. Hiakan' Ny Babakoto
  12. May
  13. Hazofotsy
  14. Salegy
  15. Betsiboka
  16. Gasigasy
  17. Soa

Liner notes

Of all the musicians performing in Madagascar today, it is Rossy who most capably captures the spirit of his island in music. He is the only Malagasy to successfully combine the many languages, instruments and musical styles of the many different tribes from around the island and synthesise a music that represents the whole of Madagascar.

His domestic success has always been a result of Rossy’s awareness of current street musical trends. He constantly creates, imitates, recycles and innovates in order to come up with a new style that is immediately attractive to the people, mixing original ideas with both Malagasy and outside influences in a way that demands great talent and imagination.

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Further Listening

  • The Truth (Ny Marina)

    The Justin Vali Trio

    Released 13 January 1995

    This unusual acoustic trio merges island roots with shades of urban life. A new vocabulary for traditional instruments – it is intricate and it swings. Justin plays the valiha, the national instrument of Madagascar, which reflects the cultural blends and crossovers of the mystical island-continent.
  • A Week Or Two In The Real World

    Various Artists

    Released 04 July 1994

    This album is the second of two volumes of music culled from the legendary Real World Recording Weeks of 1991 and 1992. It features fascinating musical encounters between established and lesser-known artists from across the world.

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