Valiha (Tube Zither)

The valiha is a tube zither from Madagascar made from a species of local bamboo; it is considered the “national instrument” of Madagascar. The term is also used to describe a number of related zithers of differing shapes and materials.

Tarika – Son Egal (Music of Madagascar)

This album is not just field recordings, or abstract arrangements of pro-Western composers on abundant ethnic material – this is the very life of Madagascar. And it’s not for nothing that the authors of the project have made quite interesting studies of the most problematic periods of the country’s history, connected with the influence of Senegal.… Read more