Vetson Androy


  • Label: Sofrito
  • Catalogue number: SSS018
  • Format: 7 inch
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Funk, Tropical, World
  • Origin: United Kingdom
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Side 1
1.    Vetson Androy - "Mavandeza" (3:55)
Side 2
1.    Joajoby - "Tarantasy Maitso" (3:30)

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Deep, storming Salegy sounds from Madagascar.
Salegy is the electrified updating of the traditional Antsa style from the north-west of the island — 6/8 rhythms, layered with percussion and call-and-response vocals — and the Vetson’ Androy group one of its most popular proponents.
From 1978, Mavandeza has the heady urgency of killer Fela — with two women singers out front, psychedelic organ and prowling-lion bass.
The flip is from a decade later, by Malagasy superstar Eusebe Jaojaby — rough and tough dancefloor worries, with a mazy string-line, mash-it-down percussion and lilting flute.  
Another ace from Sofrito.