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Since the beginning of this month,  I saw from a brochure of Alliance Française d’Antananarivo (AFT) that they would schedule a free concert of Vilon’Androy on July 17th. I already wanted to attend this show.

Friday evening, I invited my friends to come with me to the Vilon’Androy concert. Dago Mc was not convinced to enjoy this plan at the beginning but finally we all loved the whole show. Tahina,  DagoMC and I even took part in dancing the Southern part of Madagascar rythms. I loved it so much.  Andry didn’t dance, I guess that was because he didn’t know the moves 😀 but he took some pics. I have taken a few pics and set a video for you to be convinced as well that the Vilon’Androy is a great musical band.

The concert shared not only a Malagasy musical show but also culture of the South of Madagascar: hairstyle, dress, jewelleries, musical instruments… And one more time, I loved it.

When we started to get the moves, the lead-singer announced that it was time to end the show so we all shouted “NOOOOOOO” and so the band kept on performing again and again. Finally, as it started to be late at night, the concert came to its end. The Vilon’Androy has just released a new album “Pelake”and brought some CDs. Fans were so happy to buy some. My friends and I took the opportunity to get on the stage and take some pics with the band. That would remain a wondeful souvenir.


It has been 3 years now that, every evening after work, I have met this young guy singing on the stairs of Antaninarenina.

It has been 3 years now that I am used to give him money ’cause he is so cute with his little guitar and his gospel songs.

Today, I decided to talk to him and asked him a few questions. He smiled and looked down and finally agreed. I told him that I would talk about him on my blog and English Corner page so people who will meet him will recognize him and, maybe, will be nicer to him.

” My name is Rado and I am 14 years old”, he said. It has been 5 years now that he has done this little job: singing in the streets for money.

Rado has started with his older brother. Since his brother has got a job, he decided to do it alone. Well, sometimes I see him with a little girl. “Oh, she’s my little sister”, he said.

This young guy lives with his mother and his 5 siblings (he is the 5th child) in Manjakaray (3 or 4 km from Antaninarenina).

“I used to go to school”, he said, “but since my father died, I stopped ’cause my family needed money so I decided to only sing here”. At the beginning, he sang on the afternoon when I did not have class. Unfortunately, due to his father’s death, he quited school at T4 level.

I asked him if he would love to go back to school if someone would help him. He was not really sure but answered “Yes”.

Rado sings only gospel songs because “they are great songs”, he explained. Also, he prefers singing than only begging. He believes that his songs go to people’s heart.

He did not want to mention how much he could get every day. But he said that there are more Malagasy people who give him money than Vazaha (foreigners).

Rado has a dream: finding a better job because singing all day long his really tiring.

Well, I sincerely appreciate this young guy’s courage to sing in front of millions of people (who are most of the time so busy and do not even try to take a look at him) in order to help his mother feeding the poor family.

I hope that next time you pass by Antaninarenina stairs (from 9.00 a.m. to 5.oo p.m.), you will take a few minutes to listen to Rado’s gospel songs and will nicely give a few money for him and his family to eat.  

 Madajazzcar is a festival of jazz music organized here in Madagascar every year since 1989. Next year, then, Madajazzcar will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

 Honestly, I do not personally like jazz music. But yesterday (Monday, October 13th, 2008), I got two invitations for the Madajazzcar concert from my office. Well, it is not usual for Malagasy people to go out on Mondays (we only have outings on week-ends), I decided to attend the show anyway. I said to myself that it could be a good occasion for me to discover jazz music.

As I knew that Andry loved jazz music. I invited him to come to the concert with me. So we went there together.

Guitar Wood Band

Guitar Wood Band

The show started a little bit later than 7.00 p.m. with “Guitar Wood Band”. In the band, I could recognize Rolf, Naday, Fataka. There were two other guys. I found their names – Joël Rabesolo and Lucas Jaojoby – in the brochure I took at the gate at the end of the show. I felt astonished and happy at the same time, okay, let’s say, impressed that these young guys of “Guitar Wood Band” fight for the protection of the environment through their music. They even had a little story in English.

Datita Rabeson

Datita Rabeson

Then, Datita Rabeson and his band came on the stage. Andry was extremely happy. He told me that Datita is the greatest jazzman of Madagascar. Well, I have to admit it; their music was just wonderful (a little bit long anyway because each composition lasted more than 10 minutes).

African Jazz Pioneers

African Jazz Pioneers

Madajazzcar is not only for Malagasy jazzmen but for many other jazzmen from all over the world as well. Yesterday, it was the turn of the famous South African jazz band “African Jazz Pioneers”. The South African Ambassador of Madagascar was really proud to introduce the band to Malagasy people. I was surprised when he said that “African Jazz Pioneers” would make us all vibe and dance. I know, Malagasy people are not used to dance at a show (the young generation starts to change) but the Ambassador was right, we all vibe on our seats. They were really cool.

I would not say that I fell in love with jazz music after this show but I would not deny that it is a good one.

 While watching the singers, I could notice one thing that the three jazz bands of yesterday commonly had. They did not have eyes interaction with the audience or did but very rarely. They were all seriously concentrated on their guitars, keyboards, drum… while their heads were following the rhythms. Other thing, they had no specific look; they could wear jeans, tee shirt or whatever they wanted; a guy had long hair… This was not the case of the “African Jazz Pioneers” band, they all wore their Sunday clothes [cute]. We quitted the show while the public claimed for one more song from the South African band. It was 9:50 p.m. It was late for me because I would still have to go to work early in the morning the day after.

To sum up: My Monday evening? It was cool.


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