Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in by Nadia Kiwan

By Nadia Kiwan

This ebook is set South-North, North-South family among Africa and Europe, proposing the non-public narratives of musicians in several destinations throughout Africa and Europe, and people of the folk who represent their networks in the wider inventive, cultural, and civil society milieus of globalizing societies.

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The extract below gives a colourful account of the distances he covered every day in pursuit of rehearsals at another part of town, while also showing the significance that other already better-known musicians can have in providing links – here through Senge, who had already achieved a measure of success with Mbasa in their previous band Salala: No, Senge, he took these songs and went to talk at the radio station – said, ‘I’ll start this group,’ voilà, tatitata, and then he called me. ’ So I went up to Tana, and I lived at a cousin’s house in the 67 Ha district, but at that time Jean Ramanambintana, the guys who were with us in the Senge group, their work didn’t finish before 5pm.

And that is the artists’ network, those who come from the coastlands, you see. Ulrike: So this is really the district of the nation’s migrants. And is that true for all the ethnic groups or only a few of them? Ricky: No, all of them ... Because there is the Antandroy, next to them the people of Mahajanga, and next to them those from the north, Diego, Nosybe and from the south-east of Madagascar, you see that’s ... that’s good ... 67 Ha. [8] (Meinhof’s and Rasolofondraosolo’s interview, December 2009, Fort Dauphin) Hence when we were looking for Anna, the young singer whom we had first encountered in Fort Dauphin in 2007, and who by 2009 had moved to Antananarivo to try and make her career there, it was in the district 67 Ha that we found her.

A subsidiary of the Canadian-owned Rio Tinto group, QIT Madagascar Minerals invested millions in this development during the years of the Ravalomanana regime, bringing thousands of largely South African construction engineers and miners to the region to oversee the construction of mines, and to build a new harbour in Ehoala at the edge of one of the most beautiful bay areas of Madagascar. Segregated housing facilities on the outskirts of town were built to house the mine’s employees and the town’s hotels burst out of their seams.

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