I don't know why Joanna Newsom did an oi band track, but it's apparently about wealth redistribution?
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more info and rar from here: https://music-republic-world-traditional.blogspot.com/ OR https://www.discogs.com/Various-Valiha-Madagascar/release/6674878
This LP was ORTF/Ocora’s first release of Malagasy music “that bears witness to the presence of Indonesian, African, European, Islamic and Indian cultural influences,” emphasized Charles Duvelle (1937-2017) in the liner notes.
The album showcases the tubular valiha zither found throughout the island of Madagascar off of Africa’s southeastern coast. This 10- to 20-string instrument, originating from Indonesia, was initially played to invoke the ancestors, and was subsequently adopted by many ethnic groups, including the central-highland Merina aristocracy in the 19th century. The valiha comes in many different materials (bamboo, wood, raffia, metal, bamboo fiber strings, metal strings), shapes (tubular, rectangular) and sizes (60 cm-to-130 cm/24 in-50 in), and players sometimes use resonators to amplify its mellifluous sound. Either played as a lead instrument or used as a drone (A6-A7), valiha music runs the gamut from trance music to virtuoso playing and light music.
Side A features the valiha played by the Merina people from the central highlands (A1-A3), the Sakalava people from the western and northwest coastal regions (A4-A5), the Bara people from the southern highlands (here freeing someone possessed by a spirit entity) (A6), the Antanosy people from the west (A7), and the Betsimisaraka people from the northwestern coast (A8).
Side B presents more urban styles performed by skilled musicians that combine traditional Malagasy music with western harmonies. Artists include Rakotozafy (B1-B2), Sylvestre Randa-fison (B3-B5), and Maurice Halison (B6-B9), all of whom earned fame nationwide through National Radio broadcasts.
til you all just disappear