Manao ahoana Mrs Mika?
Thank you for the welcome (tongasoa) message and to have launched this space. I hope that many people will know more about Mada through it. With its different aspects, the good and the bad also (we have any to hide, lol)...
Yes, I wrote that I play guitar, but not that I am a composer :D Et encore moins un chanteur. It is true that I love music : Afro beat, jazz, blues, rock and roll, heavy metal and above all Malagasy music, which is very rich. Culturally we are a crossroads of vibrations : musique des iles (zouk, sega, maloya, reggae), Africa, Arabia, Europe, USA, India, Indonesia. All that influenced our feelings. Nous sommes comme les éléphants : we have big ears.And as said Leopold Sedar Senghor, the former Chairman of Senegal : "the Malagasy dance with Asian hands and African feet".
Thanks to "You Tube" I will upload video clips.
Yesterday I tried to upload songs but as you know Iarivo (Tana for foreigners) has not the ADSL (c'est encore un luxe, vivement le "backbone"). Mais je vais encore essayer aujourdhui.
I know that you are impatient to listen to music.
En attendant voici un hors-d'oeuvre. Enjoy this Rossy's clip.
Manao ahoana Mika? "Misaotra betsaka" for the nice comments.
The photo is sundown at Amborovy beach (Mahajanga/Majunga, North-West coast)). I have shot it one week ago.
It was by surfing on Ning to seek African networks that I have found this space. Donia est le festival des musiques des isles. , Il se déroule tous les ans à Nosy-Be since 10 years.
It is gathering the musicians of the isles of Indian ocean especially : Comoros, la Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles. And also Est African or Southern African guests. Un grand rendez-vous de la musique.
Another international rendez-vous"Madajazzcar" happens every year in october, in Antananarivo. The best jazz musicians of Germany, Swiss, France, USA attend this festival.
Salama ve? Manao ahoana ianareo sy Daniel? Tsara ve ny dia? I missed you. Welcome back. Thank you for commenting "Tsaiky Joby" vid. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Mafana ny andro aty izao, fa mahafinaritra satria tsy mbola latsaka ny orana.
"Tsara ve ny dia?" means "how was the jorney?". And you gave the reply
Manaova zoma mahafinaritra (Happy Friday). As my world clock says that it is 09:37 pm in Honolulu good night (matoria tsara)
The picture is a Mahajanga colonial house with the pousse-pousse (rickshaw?) at the "premier plan" waiting for a "client".
Hi Mika-San.. About the video "Tsaiky Joby" the singers are Mika & Davis, both are men. "Mika" is an usual boy's first name in Malagasy. It is a kiddish alteration for Michael or Mikaela. As "Dany" for Daniel, "Roby" for Robert, "Jaky" for Jacques or Jacky, "Lolona" for Vololona,...
As you have noticed Malagasy first names are Western just because of the Christian influence since the 19th century. When British missionaries settled down and began conversions many Malagasy families added the "son" at their name's end.
ie: Ravelo became Raveloson, Rakoto > Rakotoson, Ramala > Ramalason, Randrainary > Randrianarison, etc...So the name sounds British. lol.
At the end of the 19th century many noble and commoner rich families were speaking English. With the French colonization the English language has been forbidden. No comment.
FAMILY NAME : THE MALAGASY NAME, A PROPERTY, AN IDENTITY... this is my last blog as reply to your question. I would be very interested to know how it is going in Hawaii and traditional Japan's ceremonies names.
Ahoana Mika sy Dan. Miala tsiny raha izao vao mamaly ny firariantsoa avy aminao. Misaotra betsaka ary miarahaba anareo 2 tratry ny Krismasy sy ny taona vaovao 2009. Ho tahian'Andriamanitra sy ny Razana anie ianao sy ny ankohonanao. Ho lava velona, ho ela fanapahana. Irin'oona fa tsy haniry olona. Ho mamy toy ny tantely, hotezain-jafy....
Still wanting a translation ?
"Hi Mika and Dan. I apologize for the silence. December is the holiday month. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009. May God and the Razana (Ancestors) bless you and your loved ones. .Live long to see your grandgrandchildren, be right in your rule, needed but don't need someone. Nice like honey, etc..." It is a traditional Malagasy wish on the Asaramanitra occasion.
I taught in Tsiroanomandidy for 3 months and then travelled to Andasibe where my brother lived for 9 months studying Zoology and conservation. I also did the RN7 route - Ambositra, Antsirabe, Ranomafana etc.. I wanted to do much more but I ran out of time. I made a lot of friends out there and I'm thinking about them in this testing time.
Yes, I was very lucky to see as much as I did and because my bro is a Zoologist I got explainations and tours of all sorts of things that I will never forget. Sounds like you went to all the places I wanted to go to - it's really magic. I shall post up some of my photos on here soon, it's a great site - well done.
I spoke to one of my friends, Rija, who is often in Tana and he is OK so hopefully it is all stabilising a bit - I keep my fingers crossed. How many times have you been to Madagascar?
i noticed you have on your page Honolulu - I'm currently teaching myself the Ukulele which I believe a lot of people can play out there. - it's great fun!