Southeast African Music

On this edition of New Sounds, there’s music from Southeast Africa, including works from Mozambique on the mainland, and music from the islands of Madagascar and Reunion. This is a program of music that shows the diverse influences of Indonesian traders, European colonialists, and African pop and folk music. Hear some Madagascan Afro-pop from Tarika, who combine valiha harp and a kobosy lute, with gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting melodies and polyphonic beats to conjure a village party held along side the ocean. And, from the island of Reunion, is René Lacaille, the remarkable singer, accordion player, and guitarist, who has been called the “musical embodiment of the unique Creole culture of that Indian Ocean island.”

PROGRAM #2323 Music from Southeast Africa (Tues. 9-21-04)






Possession et Poesie

Dzihee [2:00]

Ocora #580046, out of print, but look for other Madagascar titles at


Guitar Songs of Southern Mozambique 1955-57

Wukati Lakukawa [3:30]

Original Music #030, seems to be out of print, but try*

Various artists: Conjunto Nimala de Lalauah

Saba Saba!

Noijukuru [4:00]

GlobeStyle #ORB 077,



Kombela Ka Shikiwembu [4:30]

World Music Network #TUG1021** OR



Orera Kurrera [5:00]

World Music Network #TUG 1022**

Various artists: Tovo

A World Out of Time, Vol. 3: Music of Madagascar

Echoes of the Savannah [3:30]

Shanachie #64069**

Various artists: Rossy

Ovy Groovy [2:30]

Various artists: Tarika Sammy

Tairo Marovana [5:00]

Renée LaCaille


Ogardanou [2:30] Atmosfer [3:30] Pecheur Quat’sou [3:30]

World Music Network #TUG-1033

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