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Truth (NY Marina)

  • 1. Malagasy Intr0
    2. NY Marina
    3. Sova
    4. Sariaka
    5. Rambala
    6. Tsondrao
    7. Tsingy
    8. Bilo
    9. Relahy
    10. Ray Sy Reny
    11. Manga-NY-Lanitr'i Gasikara
    12. Kintana
    13. Vato Malaza
    14. Sova
    15. Bongo Lava
    16. Malagasy Folk Dance Medley
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDRW51

  • Credits

    The Justin Vali Trio: Justin "Vali" Rokotondrasoa (vocals, valiha, marovan, kabossy); Romeo "Doudou" Tovoarimino (vocals, guitar), Clement "Clemrass" Randrianantoandro (vocals, kabossy, katsa, korintsana).
    Additonal personnel: Carlo Rizzo (temura, bass frame drum, tambourine).
    Recorded at Real World Studios, Box, England in September 1994. Includes liner notes by Sir Ali.
    Island sounds meets city live on the Justin Vali Trio's album TRUTH (NY MARINA).
    Here is an album of intricate valiha work from a new master of the uniquely Malagassy instrument. Justin Rakotondrosoa has innovated the traditional instrument's playing style by using his fingernails instead of the usual fingertips. What this provides is a crisper sound that's vaguely akin to the kora of West Africa. Aside from this innovation, the music is reminiscent rhythmically and melodically of some South Pacific styles. This is Malagassy music rooted in tradition, although it has been updated to fit the sounds that Western ears are waiting for. This isn't the political music of Mahaleo or the dance rhythms of Tarika Sammy. This is nearly pure Malagassy music at its best. The curious listener would do well to look into this album upon their first investigation into Malagassy music. There are other styles to be enjoyed as well, but this trio provides the best look at the gray area between the traditional and modern genres of Malagassy music. ~ Adam Greenberg

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (6/95, p.86) - " exotic, almost tropical-sounding folk music aesthetic....This is an uplifting music, full of high spirits, instrumental prowess, and, to western ears, unusual stylistic twists."
    Option (7-8/95, pp.141-143) - "...A welcome new name on the short list of available roots groups from Madagascar....All tracks benefit from brisk arrangements and flawless three-part harmonies..."
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