Based in St. Marie, Madagascar and Bremen, Germany, Raoky is
coping with a distance of nearly 9000km year by year for the love of
Currently preparing a tournee through Europe in 2016 and working on
the recordings for their new Album „NIOVA“, that has been partly funded
by their second successful crowdfunding campaign, Raoky has already
gone a long way to were they are now.
„Raoky´smusic is taking you on a journey through the joy of life,
happiness and melancholia. Malagassy rhythms and european
songwriting create an international understanding that is captured by the
genres of world, folk, rock and Afro-pop music.“
Born as the last child to a family of 4 brothers and 4 sisters,
multi instrumentalist and frontman Dada has been raised in poor
circumstances. Togehter with his father and his brothers he
already went on stage to sing and perform at the young age of
5 years on the island St. Marie, Madagascar.
At the same time songwriter and guitarist Marvin was given his first
acoustic guitar under a christmas tree in Bremen, Germany.
While Dada entertained tourists and locals together with his brothers
in the many hotels on the island, Marvin played in different bands in his
hometown Bremen and got further professionalised on his guitar.
It was at the end of 2011 when a close friend asked him to come to help
at a public school in Madagascar and a broken string on Marvin´s guitar
brought the two musicians together.
It was a shock of two different worlds clashing together. A magical
journey through different angles of musical perspectives and from time
to time an exhausting, yet challenging encouter of very different ways of
„Crafted with dedication and emotional input Raoky´s music leads to an
absorbing atmosphere you shouldn ́t miss out on on a live
The first cornerstone for the Album „Raoky – Welcome To Raoky“ has
been layed in 2012, followed by a crowdfunding campaign enabling the
band to go on tour in Europe in 2013.
Accompagnied by Dada´s brother Dolly on the rythm section, Raoky was
playing over 30 concerts during 3 months abroad. The album has been
finished in the Farida studios in Germany and one of the
highlights was surely the spot as one of the headliners on the
cultural summer festival „Breminale“ in Bremen, Germany, plus a show in
the well respected venue „Nörgelbuff“ in Göttingen, Germany.
„NIOVA“ –in english: “changed or new“ represents the development and
the enhancement Raoky has undergone during the last 2 years.
This year the studio bassist Arthur, who found consolation in making music
after his brother was murdered by the police a few years ago and the
young talented drummer Brunell from Tamatave,
Madagascar have joined and completed the group.
Radio stations such as Funkhaus Europa and Deutschland Funk have
integrated Raoky´s music in their playlists and the band is more than
excited to come to Europe and share their
music in 2016. Further cooperations and concerts are heartily welcome.