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The International Festival Madajazzcar started in October 1988, when a jazz club was created within the French Alliance of Tananarive (AFT), thanks to the initiative of a trio of young Malagasy doctors who are jazz fans: Dr Allain Razakatiana, Dr. Bruno Razafindrakoto and Dr. Henry Rakotondrabe. They will be joined in 1989 by the late lamented Dr. Hervé Razakaboana, which was also the chairman of the Jazz Club of the AFT. The creation of the Jazz Club of AFT somehow sealed the revival of Malagasy jazz, which already had decades of life and creativity, contributing to make of Madagascar the first African country with South Africa and Cameroon, to have a vibrant jazz scene and musicians.

Since 1992, the Madajazzcar International Festival hosts every year, in addition to the jazz musicians of the Big Island, a host of internationally renowned musicians from the United States and several European countries like France, Switzerland and Germany, but also from Africa and Asia, not to mention groups from the regional islands (Mauritius, Reunion), with an increasing number of countries and groups involved.

Madajazzcar festival, symbol of creativity and the emergence of Malagasy art, has become essential in the Indian Ocean. It was inevitable that Vima positioned as a partner!

Key figures

  • 21st edition
  • 20 years of experience
  • Next festival : October 4-16
  • Number of artists since its creation
  • Number of cities that hosted the festival
  • Number of spectators in 2010


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