The E-show offered yesterday by the group The Josia Rakotondravohitra Quartet featuring featuring American saxophonist Terry Klemensen was distinguished from the usual concerts held at the American Embassy in Andranomena. Our artists have indeed offered the public a special show Valentine’s Day.
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E-Show special Valentine’s Day offered by The Josia Rakotondravohitra Quartet
An Embassy Show or E-Show for the Valentine’s Day. That’s what the group The Josia Rakotondravohitra Quartet featuring with American saxophonist Terry Klemensen yesterday offered to an attentive and inspired audience yesterday at the American Embassy Andranomena, through Jazz music.
With a multi-lingual repertoire and well-known titles such as Tovo J’hay’s song « Teny Mamy », Cesária Évora‘s « Besame Mucho » and Zay‘s « Hatramin’izao », Josia Rakotondravohitra and his band transported the audience an incomparable universe of nostalgia, love, passion, transcendence even of jazz music. Terry Klemensen‘s saxophone touch added beauty to the sound and the resumption of the songs. A composition of the drummer’s trio: Josia Rakotondravohitra, the pianist Njakanirina Rakotonirainy and the bassist Henintsoa Andriamasimanana was also performed.
The Josia Rakotondravohitra Quartet
The group The Josia Rakotondravohitra Quartet is composed of Josia Rakotondravohitra (drummer), Sity Rakoto (vocal), Njakanirina Rakotonirainy (pianist) and Henintsoa Andriamasimanana (bassist). Talented, self-taught, homogenous, passionate, all have found themselves through music and wish to make a career there. These young musicians have already played with great artists and national and international groups, such as Tana Gospel Choir, Fanja Andriamanantena, Lalatiana, Shyn, Deenyz, Thomas Andersen, Maggie Blanchard, etc. and have participated in many musical events: Madajazzcar, Nosy Be Jazz Festival …
Our artists regret that art is not appreciated at its fair value on the Big Island, despite the potential of young Malagasy.
As for Terry Klemensen, he has had a vast and varied musical career. From 1972 to 1984, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force. During this period, he has supported such artists as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Juliet Prowse, Della Reese, TheModernaires, and Anita Bryant. In 1984, Terry moved to Alaska where he played with Roger Williams, Steve Allen, Bob Hope and Rich Little. He has also performed with touring troupes of « Chorus Line », « Camelot » and « Porgy and Bess » during the Anchorage and Alaska Performances. After 23 years in Alaska, Terry moved to New York. Her first musical work was performed in the Show Band on Princess Caribbean Tours. Terry has been living in Madagascar since 2017 and enjoys performing with local musicians.
The E-Show aims to promote cultural collaboration between the United States and Madagascar.