MPAMANGA: Road to Tanzania, 20th February 2015
Fri, Feb 20. 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Alliance Franco-Tanzanienne d'Arusha Themi Hill area - Njiro road - Plot 181, Oloirien (Kituo Chini ya mti) Arusha, Tanzania
The group was born in their home town of Antsirabe. Over the years, each member has had his own parallel experiences: Jacquis Ralf as a jazz guitarist; Bema, Zix and Toky as founding members of M'boutah group, well-known nationally; and Hery for many years working as a sound engineer and drummer with various local and national artists.
Mpamanga (Malagasy) means ‘nomads’. Indeed, they are nomadic in spirit, with each member of the group bringing cultural identity to create an original music style. Having played together for years, Mpamanga is a truly cohesive group that builds a strong rapport with their audience. The group’s vocal harmonies are remarkable, most often in polyphony, as in Malagasy tradition. Mpamanga’s songs speak about the daily lives of Malagasy peoples: family, love, nature, work and social life.
Their first album To Kultur was released in February 2011. In 2014, they were among ten groups selected to participate at the Libertalia Music Festival, which aims to promote Malagasy artists on the international scene. The delegation of Alliance Françaises in Madagascar then proposed a national tour, whereby their popularity throughout Madagascar rocketed. Mpamanga are now crossing borders and ready to break onto the international scene.
roots, traditional, fusion