UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Sylvestre Randafison (audio), 1993-04-23

Overview of the Collection

Sercombe, Laurel; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Sylvestre Randafison (audio)
1 items  :  OT - 1 DAT (digital, stereo); 1 WAV file (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 1:14:19
Collection Number
Recording of concert performance by visiting artist in Ethnomusicology Sylvestre Randafison at the University of Washington, Brechemin Auditorium, April 23, 1993.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sylvestre Randafison was born in 1928, a virtuoso of the valiha, considered the national instrument of Madagascar, and an ambassador of his country's music. He worked as a folklorist for the Madagascan Ministry of Cultural Affairs, making expeditions throughout Madagascar to collect more than 1,000 pieces of traditional music. As a musician he was known for performing traditional pieces with such virtuosity that he was sometimes compared to a classical musician in the Western sense. In the 1950's and 60's, his trio, Ny Antsaly, was the first traditional music group to tour extensively abroad.

- Sylvestre Randafison, 75, A Madagascan Virtuoso. New York Times, Douglas Martin

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Laurel Sercombe with Panasonic SV-250 DAT recorder, Symetrix SX 202 mic preamp, Neumann KM-83 omni mics (audio lead to video camera)

See collection 93-17 for video recording of same concert.

Performer: Sylvestre Randafison/vocals, valiha (several instruments), dance (several items accompanied by cassette recording); English translations of artist announcements (in French) by Michelle Burgess-Bennett.

Contents: Introduction by Chris Waterman; Randafison: 1) Falifaly, 2) Betsiboka, 3) Hafatra, 4) Somambisamby, 5) Izahay Sy I Malala, 6) Manimanina, 7) Afindrafindrao, 8) Mahagaga, 9) Mandaniresaka, 10) Ny Asa No Harena, 11) Jesu, Joy of...; Jingle Bells, 12) Tromba, 13) Encores (2)

Title of concert: Valiha Music of Madagascar (from concert program)

Original DAT recording digitized 7/2014 - 93-16.1.wav (48 kHz, 24-bit)

Documentation: Concert flyer, Rakumi Arts Newsletter, Randafison itinerary, concert program

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Valiha

Geographical Names

  • Africa
  • Madagascar
  • Seattle (Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Randafison, Sylvestre (instrumentalist)
    • Randafison, Sylvestre (vocalist)