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Lecture Musicale by Raharimanana


Musician and poet Jean-Luc Raharimanana from Madagascar visited Bayreuth in December to give a music lecture of a special kind. During "Witness-Islands and (en)Tangled Memories" Raharimanana played on his marovany and read extracts from his works.

On Wednesday, 8 December 2021, the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence invited the interested public to a special evening in a hybrid format. Due to Corona restrictions only few people were able to attend in person at Neuneinhalb Kulturhaus in Bayreuth but were joined by audience online to experience the "LECTURE MUSICALE" with musician and poet Jean-Luc Raharimanana from Madagascar. Raharimanana was supposed to come to Bayreuth as part of the Cluster's Workshop “Multifaceted Relations: Africa-Asia” in July but the pandemic dictated that his visit had to be postponed until November.

During his extraordinary and engaging performance entitled "Witness-Islands and (en)Tangled Memories", Raharimanana read, accompanied by the notes of his marovany, a Malagasy harp, extracts from his books Tisser, (éditions Mémoire d’encrier, 2021), and La Voix, le Lien. 100 poèmes (édition Vents d’ailleurs, 2021).

Witness-Islands and (en)Tangled Memories. 

From the movements of the worlds, the islands were formed.
Convergence of currents. Utopia of the breaths.
Raharimanana is aware of the influx of sources in him.
Multiple origins, Africa, Asia, the West.
An archipelagic identity where history is sometimes violent, but culture always heals and restores.

Poetry, music.
Reintegrate the fullness of the world and reconnect with the body.
To shiver.
To be attentive.
Drawing from the myths of the Big Island to write a contemporary fable where the ancestors teach the place of the human, living among the living, "humus of the Earth".
Describing the dreams of excess of some and the quest for freedom of others.
To live then as fibers to weave humanity.

To see the recording of the evening click on the video below.

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