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Episode 4

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 January 2012

In the first of two programmes Lucy Duran travels to Madagascar to record that island's unique traditional music. Starting high on the central plateau in the musical capital, Fianarantsoa, she then travels to the seaside town of Tulear in the far south. En route, she shops in a magic market, goes Lemur spotting, and passes through the wild boom-town of Ilakaka, famed for its precious stones. All along the way there's specially recorded music from some of the island's best musicians. Producer James Parkin.

In January 2010 World Routes broadcast three programmes made on the high central plateau of Madagascar. In January 2012, Lucy Duran and the team continue the journey, moving from the plateau down to the coast in the far south. As with all World Routes on-location programmes, all the music was specially recorded in or near the homes of the musicians. This mysterious island is full of extraordinary animal and plant life - home to more unique species than just about anywhere on the planet. But for us, what makes this island of strange dreams, ancestral worship and sorcery so special is its music. And, like the natural life, its unique evolution - neither African nor Asian - makes it a wonderful melting pot of instruments and styles.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Zmg

    Zmg Havanareo Lekolavitra (Even when you're far away)

    Composer: Trad. Arr ZMG

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Zmg

    Zmg Angalao Kely

    Composer: Trad. Arr ZMG

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Raprosy

    Raprosy Sada mena baka

    Composer: Raprosy

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Raprosy with Rantoanina Group

    Raprosy with Rantoanina Group Teresa Kely

    Composer: Raprosy with Rantoanina Group

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Raprosy with Rantoanina Group

    Raprosy with Rantoanina Group Roy Olo Roy

    Composer: Trad Arr. Raprosy with Rantoanina Group

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Rantoanina Group

    Rantoanina Group Hoa Nina

    Composer: Trad Arr. Rantoanina Group

    Recorded by the BBC in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

  • Image for Justin Vali and Paddy Bush

    Justin Vali and Paddy Bush Veloma

    Composer: Justin Vali

    BBC recording made at the Victory Hotel, Tulear, Madagascar

  • Image for Justin Vali

    Justin Vali Tsodoranao

    BBC recording made at the Victory Hotel, Tulear, Madagascar

  • Image for Madame Masy

    Madame Masy Itardala

    Composer: Madame Masy

    BBC recording made in Tulear, Madagascar

  • The city of Fainarantsoa

    The city of Fainarantsoa

  • Lucy Duran with Paddy Bush and the musician Raprosy

    Lucy Duran with Paddy Bush and the musician Raprosy

  • Justin Vali and Lucy Duran

    Justin Vali and Lucy Duran

  • The Long Road South

    The Long Road South

  • Lucy Duran and Paddy Bush examine a magic wand

    Lucy Duran and Paddy Bush examine a magic wand

  • A corpse on top of a mini-bus, ready for a traditional reburial ceremony

    A corpse on top of a mini-bus, ready for a traditional reburial ceremony

  • A Lemur

    A Lemur

  • A Lemur

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