Rakoto Frah (1923–2001) was a flutist and composer of traditional
music of the central highlands of Madagascar. Born to a poor rural
family, he became the most acclaimed 20th-century performer of the
sodina flute, one of the island's oldest traditional instruments. In
1958, he was selected to perform for the visiting French president
Charles de Gaulle, launching his career as a professional musician, and
from 1967 he increasingly participated in international music
competitions and festivals. Following a decline in popularity in the
1970s, Frah's career revived in the mid-1980s and remained strong until
his death. During this period Rakoto Frah recorded ten albums, toured
extensively in Madagascar and overseas, and collaborated with a variety
of artists, placing him among the most famous Malagasy artists within
Madagascar and on the world music scene. Rakoto Frah and his sodina were
printed on the 200 ariary Malagasy banknote in honor of his key role in
revitalizing and internationally popularizing Malagasy music. Despite
the artist's worldwide acclaim, he lived simply and earned little. His
death was widely mourned and marked by a state funeral.
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