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Justin Vali

Lucy Duran visits the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to discover its remarkable music. She profiles musician Justin Vali and records his Malagasy Orkestra, an all-star collection of the island's best musical talent.

Presented by Lucy Duran
Produced by James Parkin

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1 hour

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Sat 2 Jan 2010 15:00

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  • Meeting Justin Vali

    Lucy Duran introduces Valiha player Justin Vali, one of the island’s best loved musicians.

    Duration: 09:06

  • Music Played

    • Rakotozafy

      Tromba Tune

      Artists: Justin Vali & Paddy Bush BBC Recording made at the Hotel Victory, Tulear, 14th September 2009

    • Justin Vali

      Lalana

      Performers: The Malagasy Orchestra BBC Recording made at the Le Paille en queue Hotel, Tulear 10th September 2009

  • The Valiha

    Justin Vali explains about the construction of the ‘ancestral valiha’.

    Duration: 07:04

  • Music Played

    • Justin Vali

      Vatomasina

      BBC Recording made at the Hotel Victory, Tulear, 14th September 2009

  • Danger in Tulear

    Lucy describes the political turmoil in Tulear and being thrown out of their hotel.

    Duration: 08:35

  • Music Played

    • Justin Vali

      Masoala

      Performers: The Malagasy Orchestra BBC Recording made at the Le Paille en queue Hotel, Tulear 10th September 2009

  • Justin Vali's past

    Justin Vali talks about his life and how he was discovered whilst working in the forests.

    Duration: 09:35

  • Music Played

    • Justin Vali

      Faly Faly

      BBC Recording made at the Hotel Victory, Tulear, 14th September 2009

  • Madagascar's distinctive musical style

    Lucy describes Madagascar’s remoteness and how this provides a distinctive musical style.

    Duration: 06:08

  • Music Played

    • Crysantho

      Milamina

      Performers: The Malagasy Orchestra BBC Recording made at the Le Paille en queue Hotel, Tulear 10th September 2009

    • Jean Piso

      Andranokototo

      Performers: The Malagasy Orkestra BBC Recording made at the Le Paille en queue Hotel, Tulear 10th September 2009

  • Justin and becoming a star

    Justin Vali tells how he became a star in Madagascar and performs a song about ‘blessing’.

    Duration: 12:44

  • Music Played

    • Justin Vali

      Tsodoranao (Sudran or Blessing)

      BBC Recording made at the Hotel Victory, Tulear, 14th September 2009

  • Lucy ends her trip to Tulear

    Justin Vali performs a song about the people of two tribes who are at war

    Duration: 05:13

  • Music Played

    • The Malagasy Orchestra

      Arivo Modi Masaondro

      Traditional tune BBC Recording made at the Le Paille en queue Hotel, Tulear 10th September 2009

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