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Album Review

Malavoi is the tradition-bearer of the Martiniquan stringband tradition. The string section's sweetness is floribundantly attested by this compilation from the days when Ralph Thamar was singing lead. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Customer Reviews


I just simply love this group. This is an excellent album with Ralph Thamar as lead vocal. J'adore Martinique and their traditional mizik. I have ALL of their albums with the exception of one that I can't not find for it is no longer in print.


Formed: 1972

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Led by Martiniquan pianist Paulo Rosine, Malavoi has been recording since the late '60s. The original band featured a horn section and consisted mainly of Latin music enthusiasts. The band added a string section in the late '70s and recorded a superb album of charanga-style music that included percussion by Dede St. Prix. Only this one album captured the brief period when Malavoi had both a horn section and a string section; the horns left soon afterward. An anthology of hits from this era is now...
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