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D'Gary in 2007
Background information
Birth name Ernest Randrianasolo
Born (1961-10-22)October 22, 1961
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1978-present

D'Gary (Ernest Randrianasolo born 22 July 1961) is a Malagasy musician of Bara ethnicity. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.

Musical style[edit]

D'Gary's elaborate playing style is characterised by his use of alternative tunings. His style developed from his interest in Malagasy music such as tsapiky popular in southern Madagascar and has been compared to the music produced on traditional instruments like the Vezo's marovany frame box zither and the Bara's lokanga violin.

In 2007, he toured through North America with the International Guitar Night[1] ensemble and recorded the International Guitar Night II[2] live album with the collaboration of Brian Gore (US), Miguel de la Bastide (Trinidad) and Clive Carroll (UK) under the Pacific Music label.

In April 2009, he toured the United States as part of the Throw Down Your Heart tour with Bela Fleck and other African musicians.

Selected discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Malagasy Guitar - D'Gary. Music From Madagascar - 10 February 1993 (Shanachie)
  • The Long Way Home (with Dama) - 15 September 1994 (Shanachie)
  • Horombe (with Jihe) – 21 May 1996 (Stern's)
  • Mbo Loza – 24 June 1997 (Indigo)
  • Akata Meso – 9 July 2002 (Indigo)


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