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
Music and featured items
Meeting Justin Vali
Lucy Duran introduces Valiha player Justin Vali, one of the island’s best loved musicians.
Justin Vali explains about the construction of the ‘ancestral valiha’.
Danger in Tulear
Lucy describes the political turmoil in Tulear and being thrown out of their hotel.
Justin Vali's past
Justin Vali talks about his life and how he was discovered whilst working in the forests.
Madagascar's distinctive musical style
Lucy describes Madagascar’s remoteness and how this provides a distinctive musical style.
Justin and becoming a star
Justin Vali tells how he became a star in Madagascar and performs a song about ‘blessing’.
Lucy ends her trip to Tulear
Justin Vali performs a song about the people of two tribes who are at war