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  • review December 4, 2015

    Very Aomby

    Tsapiky (tsa-PEEK) music of southwest Madagascar is a kind of delicacy, a treat for lovers of raw, giddy, guitar-driven African pop. At the center is a single finger-style picker—in this case, the amazing Damily—generally playing electric guitar at the head … Read more »

  • hip-deep July 23, 2015

    Hip Deep in Madagascar: The Tsapiky Story

    The southwest of Madagascar is a land of fishermen, mining prospectors and cattle ranchers—not exactly a homogenous region in terms of lifestyle or ethnicity. But one thing that unites all the people of this region is the giddy, electric guitar-driven … Read more »

  • blog June 23, 2015

    Tsapiky Homecoming

    Tsapiky (tsa-PEEK) is the exhilarating, electric guitar-driven dance music from southwest Madagascar. A mix of South African pop and local Malagasy traditions, it is a modern sound, but one that has worked its way deeply into the region’s traditional culture. … Read more »

  • interview September 25, 2014

    Damily: The Tsapiky King Returns to Tulear

    Damily is a veteran guitarist, composer, and bandleader of tsapiky [tsa-PEEK] music. In 2001, he fell in love with and married a woman from France, and the moved there soon afterwards. Damily’s band, organized by his brother Rakapo, has remained … Read more »

  • blog September 24, 2014

    Tsapiky Video Playlist

    Tsapiky [tsa-PEEK] music is an electric guitar-driven dance music from the Tulear region in southwest Madagascar. It is mostly played at large family gatherings in the countryside, sometimes a wedding or circumcision, but most often a funeral. These multi-day ceremonies … Read more »

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