The band “Mahaleo” from Madagascar (in the Indian Ocean) was founded by Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo with six of his highschool classmates in the city of Antsirabe (in the center of the island), during the student protests against the neo-colonial power that took place on 13 May 1972.
Mahaleo is widely viewed as the most popular Malagasy group of all time, and it is composed of :
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabelina “Dada” Rakotobe
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica : Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo
Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabela “Nono” Rakotobe
Flute, Vocals, Piano : Honore “Bekoto” Rabekoto
Rhythm Section, Vocals : Charles Bert “Charles” Andrianaivo
Violin, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar : Razafindranoa “Raoul” Raosolosolofo
Vocals : Famantanantsoa “Fafa” Rajaonarison
The musicians recorded more than ten albums together, between 1972 and 2010, they toured several times in France (Olympia Concert Hall in Paris) and they are still active today.
I decided to make you rediscover “Izahay Mpamita”, a deep poetic track about the Madagascan fishermen living conditions, with psychedelic flute and addictive guitar parts – Enjoy !
Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita
You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/69xbAMSWNlU
See you very soon,