Last Saturday we had a wonderful time at the International Library where the non-profit organisation Afrikultur and the City of Stockholm organised a Family Day on Madagascar. First of all, I didn’t want to go there, because I had so much homework, but then I thought, it would have been so stupid to miss it. And I am so glad I did!
When we arrived, my husband and I were warmly welcomed by the musicians and by the members of the organisation. And the world being so small, we found out that one of them, Klara, worked at the Balettakademien where she teaches African Dance and at the Dance Museum, which is my husband’s favourite hanging-out place being a former dancer. He knows everybody there.
They had a nice little café with lovely homemade pastries, warm and cold drinks and even some specialties from Madagascar, like really good sambosas (like the Indian samosas, but with a Madagascan touch).
Then I had an interesting conversation with another woman, – Susanna was her name if I remember well -, who had adopted two boys from Madagascar. Later on Malagasy-looking woman came to me and we discovered that we had a Malagasy friend in common in Stockholm. At least, we were six Malagasy in the room!
After about an hour, Kilema and his brother Nesta started playing. Oh my, it was so much fun! I hard heard about him before, but I had never heard them live. I had listened to them at a Justin Vali´s concert, but this was different. It was so nice to see and listen to them in that very small room, without microphone and to hear the natural sounds of all his handmade instruments. I guess you all know that Madagascar is a very poor land, one of the poorest in the world indeed and because or thanks to poverty, Malagasy people have become the World Champions in inventing and recycling things. For instance, one of Kilema’s percussion instruments was made of a tin can.
I won´t bother you with all the details, but it was just incredible how Kilema and his brother interacted with the public. He told us stories, made us sing in Malagasy and in the end we even danced a typical Madagascan dance. But to me, the most moving moment was when he sang in Swedish. It was meant as a present to us.
After the concert we had a very last talk with them, exchanged visit cards and even discovered that they new one of my cousins in Madagascar. The world is really small. I might visit them in Spain one day!
So, if you want to know more about the band click here: www.kilema.com
Kilema will be playing at World-mix festival in Växjö on November 4, Smålandsposten:
One of the most famous valiha players: Justin Vali, http://www.justinvali.fr/
What is a valiha?
Qu´est ce-qu´une valiha ? http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valiha
What is a Kabosy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabosy
International Library Stockholm: Special Day on Madagascar: http://biblioteket.se/default.asp?id=224065
Afrikultur Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFRIKULTUR/139038479457314?sk=wall
Kilema will be playing at the World Mix Festival in Växjö: www.worldmix.nu
Kilema on My Space: http://www.myspace.com/kilema2
KILEMA on You Tube:
A Mix Music Review from 2009: