Alefa Madagascar is the first compilation of its kind – a celebration of salegy, soukous and soul from the African Island in the 70s and 80s. The music originating from the country dates back to the 15th Century through folkloric music and an a cappella chanting style called antsa.
Throughout the 18 tracks, all from different artists from the fascinating and musically rich country, this album is mixed with groovy, guitar driven melodies, chants and heavy percussive energy. Soymanga’s “Moramoka Zoky” is an example of this, with absolutely infectious rhythms that feel raw, tribal and great to dance to. Feon’ala’s excellent “Farahy” is another feel-good track with amazing guitar rhythms, a groovy bassline, excellent drumming and soulful singing and chants. Every track brings a different tempo and vibe, making this an interesting and unpredictable listen, in the best possible way. It captures the sound of Madagascar beautifully, and I can’t thank Strut Records enough for putting this together!
Listen to Alefa Madagascar below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Strut Records.