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Balance
Tarika Sammy
Balance
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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When Tarika Sammy released their debut album, Fanafody, in 1992, the Madagascar quartet captured the varied traditional musics and instruments of their Indian Ocean island in all their lilting lyricism. Tarika Sammy, howev...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tarika Sammy
Title: Balance
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Label: Xenophile Records
Release Date: 2/15/1994
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 048248401128, 048248401142

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When Tarika Sammy released their debut album, Fanafody, in 1992, the Madagascar quartet captured the varied traditional musics and instruments of their Indian Ocean island in all their lilting lyricism. Tarika Sammy, however, have done what so few worldbeat acts have managed; the group has rapidly evolved their sound and brought forth a second album distinctly different from the first. If Fanafody was dominated by traditional music and the multi-instrumental wizardry of founder Samoela "Sammy" Andriamalalaharijaona, the follow-up release, Balance, is dominated by the original songs of lead singer Hanitrarivo "Hanitra" Rasoanaivo. --Geoffrey Himes

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Good album recorded as Tarika split off from Tarika Sammy
woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 10/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sisters Hanitra and Noro joined Madagascar band Tarika Sammy's Sammy and Tiana for an international touring lineup, but after the great "Fanafody" album, Hanitra and Sammy began fighting for control of the band. The inevitable breakup seems to have occurred between the recording of "Balance" and its release. Hanitra and Noro later hired a new band and became simply "Tarika". The album splits the difference, calling the band "TARIKA sammy". The liner notes call Hanitra "now the acknowledged leader", but they're uncredited and were probably written by her."Balance" is better than early Tarika albums "Bibiango" and "Son Egal", not as good as "Soul Makassar", "D", or "Fanafody". Sammy has always tended more to melody and acoustic instruments, Hanitra to rhythm. Her influence shows up here in songs like "Roba", "Bekily", the Malagasy rap of "Jijy", and "Ventso". The latter blends the two styles the best, alternating a rhythmic sing-song with delicate acoustic guitar passages. Other good songs include Sammy's "Mila Namana", Hanitra's "Hendry", and the Levelo tune "Jono". This is a 3-1/2 star album; I'm rounding up. The album was produced by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, who has always been sort of a mentor to Tarika.(1=poor 2=mediocre 3=pretty good 4=very good 5=phenomenal)"