RAIVO R.R. Majunga - Hommage RAIVO, an Ottawa based group, was formed in 2001 and is dedicated to playing original compositions and the music of Raymond Razafimbahiny (1919 - 1963) better known in his native Madagascar as R.R. Majunga.. As one can hear on Hommage, Raivo has been blessed in having the opportunity to record the music of R.R. Majunga. It is very melodic music and it sticks in your ear. With this the first of two recordings (the second Mahabibo was released in 2008) Raivo explores the repertoire of R.R. Majunga while using the broad musical template that R.R. Majunga established to forge new areas with their own compositions R.R. Majunga\'s life story and development as a composer is closely intertwined with Madagascar\'s birth as a nation. Songs like Malagasy anie ianao, NY Fytia and Fantenana are considered Malagasy classics. Malagasy anie ianao with it's focus on Malagasy pride is considered an unofficial anthem in Madagascar. RAIVO is led by Maggy Razafimbahiny, who is the lead singer and her husband Dean Pallen, the musical arranger and saxophonist of the group and producer of Hommage. Ms. Razafimbahiny is also the daughter of R.R. Majunga. RAIVO means the daughter born between two daughters in Malagasy. The music of R.R Majunga was at it's popularity in the 1950\'s and early 1960\'s. He composed numerous songs in the kalon\' NY fahiny/hira tranaina traditional Malagasy piano music style and the popular hiragasy style. He also mixed in other styles of music that were popular in the French colonies at the time such as the cha cha cha, mambo and jazz as can be heard by his use of the so called \'blue note of jazz.\' His songs remain well known in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean. In 1995, a collection of up and coming Malagasy musicians produced an R.R. Majunga tribute album. Songs such as Malagasy anie ianao have been interpreted by the likes of the internationally acclaimed Malagasy band Tarika Be. As for RAIVO, the group carries on the tradition of mixing Malagasy rhythms, jazz and other musical styles that were popular in Madagascar in the 1950\'s to create it's own very melodic and unique brand of Malagasy music. For example with their 2008 recording Mahabibo, Raivo made the musical connection between South Africa and Madagascar, the two African countries that have a long tradition of putting the piano at the forefront in both traditional and popular music. In fact, Raivo is very much on a crusade of keeping the tradition of piano based African music alive. Once upon a time, properly functioning pianos could be found all across the island of Madagascar. Today, this tradition for a number of reasons, mostly economic, is very threatened. RAIVO\'s recording \'Hommage\' also includes samples or full length versions of five of the original recordings of R.R. Majunga. The original versions have been placed alongside of RAIVO\'s own interpretation of the same piece. Before this could happen, the 78 inch recordings had to be sent to a company in Newmarket Ontario to be restored and digitally transferred to the CD format. Two original versions of R.R. Majunga\'s better-known songs Fanatenana and Malagasy anie ianao, are included on the CD.
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