The Legendary Mama Sana

Mama Sana

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The Legendary Mama Sana Review

by Richie Unterberger

One of the few recordings of traditional Malagasy music to be released in the U.S., this has Mama Sana (already into her 70s) presenting both vocal and instrumentals with both accomplished skill and raw spirit. Although recorded with state-of-the-art technology, the gutsiness of her approach makes some other African griots sound like smooth entertainers -- which is a compliment to her.