|Voice of Tarika|
Tarika is Madagascar's most successful musical group. Led by the outspoken and charismatic Hanitra Rasoanaivo, Tarika performs music that is heavily steeped in Indian and Oceanic influences, with a modern twist.An interesting tidbit about the cultural background of most Madagascar natives, is that they are often believed to be African in origin. However, Madagascar culture's roots lie in Malayo/Polynesian ancestry from Indonesia. Hanitra (pronounced "Anch") spent a month in Sulawesi, Indonesia to explore these unique cultural roots. As a result, the album Soul Makassar was born. The album was recorded in London and Indonesia, and features Indonesian musicians in addition to Tarika's multi-instrumentalists. I spoke to Hanitra about Tarika's latest musical project, as well as about the band and Madagascar music.
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