Monday, May 17, 2010

Vola Sy Noro

Had a nice time in Montreal over the weekend. The weather was great yesterday and we spent the afternoon basking in the sun like cats. Just before heading back over the border, I was in the usual situation of having a two dollar coin burning a hole in my pocket. I was in a record store and instinctively headed for the dollar bin. Noel record after Noel record. And then, suddenly, the two South Asian 45s above. I'm embarrassed to say that I have no idea of their national origin. I want to say Indonesian? The top one is especially good. Lovely laid-back vernacular pop with fuzz guitar and loping bass-line. Perfect track to kick off the summer. And I love the sleeves and typography. The shaggy hair and hospital-issue keyboard. Seems like everyone was having fun at the photoshoot that day.


  1. they are both from Madagascar (malagasy people are very similar to Indonesians), nice find x

  2. "Hospital Issue Keyboard". HAHA, totally.

  3. As Fanja said, both records are from Madagascar, so it's South African rather than South Asian music. Both acts were actually very popular, especially Vola sy Noro - a couple of her tracks are available on YouTube. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago. She was only in her Fifties, iirc.

  4. Cool, thanks for the info.

  5. Hi,
    can you please put these on Mediafire or Megaupload!?
    thank you!