tetiaran'ny taranak'i Justin RAZAKA


While reading this page, you will hear the famous Protestant song "Esory re, ry Raiko". You will know the reason for this further down .

First of all, just a short lexicon to make your reading easier

Atoa = short for Andriamatoa = Mr or Sir.
Rtoa = short for Ramatoa = Mrs or Ms or Lady.
Pejy teo aloha = previous page.
Pejy manaraka = next page.
Tetiarana = family tree.
Taranaka = descendant(s), generation.
Zafikely = grand-children.
Zafiafy = great-grand-children.
Zanak'amanjafy = the descendants or the grand-children and great-grand-children.
Mpiraitampo = the brothers and sisters.
Taranakin'ny mpiraitampo amin'i ..... = the descendants of the brothers and sisters of .....
Nodimandry = deceased.
Tsy nanambady = unmarried.
Tsy niteraka / tsy nanan-taranaka = no descendants.
Vady faharoa = spouse of second marriage.
Raha fintinina ou rqha fehezina = briefly, in a nutshell, to sum it up.

This family tree is a hymn in memory of our ancestors and other deceased relatives. It will help us to remember their names better. We will thus be able to convey them to the future generations. It will also help us to know the existence of our cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, grandfathers and grandmothers, all over the world. Uniting and fraternizing, such is also the noble purpose of this family tree.
In the past, Malagasy parents did not systematically give their children the father's patronymic name nor that of the mother. Within the same family, every child could have different patronymic names. This may often sound odd and confusing to Westerners and often leaves them perplexed and disconcerted, but this custom also had the noble purpose of perpetuating the memory of a late relative. Further explanations on this question can be found in the most interesting article "Why are Malagasy names so long ?" http://www.slateafrique.com/829/pourquoi-noms-malgaches-si-longs.

For coherence's sake, we have exceptionally restored the original long form of some expatriates' shortened or westernized names.

Data additions can be made at any time here. Those of you, whose names are not appearing here, can always join the big family, which can only delight everyone concerned, because it would be a nice token of brotherhood, togetherness and solidarity.

Even if some of you do not believe much in the importance of a family tree, it is worth remembering that one day your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren may feel the need to know their distant origins. Knowing that we belong to a particular family, discovering or rediscovering our roots and hang to them is absolutely necessary to the balance, among other things, of every human being. Please think for a moment of abandoned children or of those born anonymously, to understand their suffering and despair, when they start searching for their origins.

The setting up of this site has been a time-consuming and arduous task. One relative initially did his bit and brought a stone to the pile, but given the complexity and the huge weight of the task, it was necessary to appeal to further helping hands. Thus, we were able to benefit from the expertise and know-how of a computer engineer.
Our deepest gratitude goes to all of them.

Without the generous and patient contribution of some members of our big family, we would not have had a number of pictures and information of our deceased loved ones. They managed to dig out the yellowish, old pictures left by our ancestors. A big wholehearted thank-you to all of them as well !
Our forefather, RAZAFINDRAZAKA, also known as" Simplice RAZAFINDRAZAKA " had a reputation as a composer. His most famous composition is the Protestant song " Esory re ry Raiko ",sung here by Fafah of the Mahaleo Group. His own grandson, Justin RAZAKA, later made the musical arrangement of the song. Justin RAZAKA was one of the first Malagasy academicians or even the very first Malagasy academician under the French colony. He used to be one of the contributors to Reverend Father Malzac's French-Malagasy Dictionary. Justin RAZAKA was born on March 11th, 1890 and died in 1976 at the age of 86.
RAZAFINDRAZAKA is the son of ANDRIANJOHANY, the brother of Ms RAFARAVAVY, aka "RASALAMA MARTIORA".ANDRIANJOHANY and ANDRIANTSARAFARA were the ones who had our Manjakaray ancestral vault built on May 11th, 1837. .
Please see a picture of the family vault here http://www.ronsard-andriamanana.globalvision.mg/fr/photos-de-nos-chers-parents-disparus/galerie/11-lieux-dinhumation/detail/76-tombeauclaricerafarasoamanjakaray.html

Here are some further information about Simplice RAZAFINDRAZAKA:

Madagascar: AMAA: Several festivities to celebrate AMAA's 75th birthday.
Source: Midi Madagasikara, by Patrice RABE, February 15th, 2011. http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/201102151338.html
AMAA is one of those big liturgical groups which have built and still build the fame of the Malagasy choral singing. It is celebrating its jubilee this year 2011 with great pomp and ceremony. The Avaratr' Andohalo FJKM Church has the great figures of the Malagasy Protestantism in its bosom. Those famous figures used to co~tribute to the huge success and popularity of their parish, by composing works which have become famed hymns. They are still sung on a regular basis.
Their names are Rabengodona Andrianaly, Simplice Razafindrazaka, Tselatra Rajaonah, Rasamy Gasy, Dr Ratovondrahety, Samuel Randrianandraina (Dada Samy), and so on. They all used to be part of AMAA, the Church choir. Today, this liturgical group is still one of the most famed groups of the capital city.
Apart from "Esory re ry Raiko", please see below 8 other compositions by Simplice Razafindrazaka.
Ny hira miisa 8 hitanareo eto nalahatra araka ny abidia dia hira noforonin' i Simplice Razafindrazaka koa. Mety mbola misy hira hafa ihany koa, saingy, indrisy, ireo havana sy namana nahalala izany dia efa ela no nandao antsika.
The 8 songs, listed in alphabetical order below, have also been composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka. It is quite possible that there may be others, but the relatives and friends who knew about them have not been with us for a long time, unfortunately.

1. Esory re ry Raiko, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka, performed by Esther and Julien Rakotobe.
2. Inona no entiko manantona, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka.
3. Ny Fiainana manaitra, composed by Simplice Razafindralaka, performed by Razafimbola, Razafindralaka, Ralibera, at the Ratsianosy piano.
4. Ny Fialonana, composed by Simplice Razafindralaka, performed by Razafindralaka and Ralibera, at the Ratsianosy piano.
5. Ny Fitondran' Andriamanitra, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka interpreted by Troupe Razafindrazaka.
6. Raozy Mavokely, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka, performed by Esther and Charles Rakotobe Ralaiariliva.
7. Ry Vahoaka henoy kely ange, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka, performed by Ravao and Rangita.
8. Tsy Zaza efa tsy tiana, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka, "Pi├Ęce Analamanga".
9. Voninahitra anie, composed by Simplice Razafindrazaka (Protestant hymn).

Also let us add that Justin RAZAKA was the composer of some other songs, among which was "Rahoviana no ho paradisa" http://www.avmm.org/disco/78.htm

A big thank-you as well to Mr Claude Razanajao from AVMM (Archives Virtuelles de la Musique Malgache) for his informed and relevant advice, to William Arthur for his DP expertise and for putting the perfect finishing touches and to all those who in one way or another, did their bit and added one more grain of sand to the building of this site.