Kilema was born in 1960 in Toliara, a small coastal city in the Southeast of Madagascar, lapped by the waves of the indian Ocean as it passes through the Traits of Mozambique, right at the hart op the Tropic of Capricorn. His parents had clear ideas as to the best education possible for their children, and so sent them to the most prestigious school in Toliara, the Sacred Heart of Tsianaloke, run by the French missionaries. The nature of the institution meant that Kilema and his siblings received a thorough education, not only in academic terms, but also in its rigorous – some might say excessive – discipline, based on the classical European education system. All this helped to forge Kilema’s character, which still bears the traces of those formative years.
Kilema’s interest and training in music began in his childhood, through the Tsianaloke parish choir in which he sang every Sunday with his 5 brothers. With the help of his musical teacher, Frère Lefèbvre Laurent, with whom he still maintains contact, Kilema gradually improved and strengthened his singing ability.
Growing up in an Amborogony household with five brothers and three sisters offers a child the possibility of knowing and contrasting a multitude of life experiences, which will accompany him throughout his life. Seeing his siblings dedication to music sowed the seed of Kilema’s future vocation. His brother Germain still plays the drums and saxophone now; back in his youth he fronted a popular dance music band in Toliara called ‘The Shoot Guns’, playing at parties and cabaret nights. He would practice at home, to the delight and awe of his younger siblings, while Kilema would take advantage of Germain’s breaks and absences to secretly play his instruments, such as the drums and guitar, exploring in his own way the sounds they created.
Germain was the only member of the family whom their father allowed to work as a musician who believed that “one cannot live off music” and did not allow his children to ‘waste’ their time on it. Kilema can recall one time when Germain was trying to teach him a few notes on the guitar. Rapidly losing patience, he told him that “ … you’ll never be a musician …”
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