Lucy Duran visits the island of Madagascar and presents music from the 18th-century Malagasy royal court and the rarely recorded dramatic story-telling tradition of Hira Gasy.
Lucy Duran visits the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to discover its remarkable music. She is joined by guides Justin Vali and Paddy Bush and hears the ancient music of Madagascar's royal court as well as the extraordinary and rarely-recorded Hira Gasy. Hundreds of villagers gather to hear a variety performance which spreads news, entertains and teaches people a lesson.
Presented by Lucy Duran
Produced by James Parkin
Music and featured items
Madagascar's ancient court music
Justin Vali and Paddy Bush describe the royal court music of Ancient Madagascar.
The ancient Malagasy king and his instruments
Paddy tells the history of a royal fort and the ancient Malagasy king’s instruments.
Message from the ancestors
When a song is interrupted its believed to be a message from the musicians ancestors.
Changes in Madagascan music
Paddy explains how the bicycle and a gift from Queen Victoria changed Madagascan music.
Justin Vali plays The Valiha
Justin Vali and his ensemble play a song on the Valiha, a traditional bamboo zither.
Lucy visits the home of the Hira Gasy, who give a dramatic performance.
Hira Gasy's message
Lucy and her guides discuss the messages presented in the Hira Gasy’s performances.
Emotional power of the Hira Gasy
Lucy discusses the emotional power the Hira Gasy’s performance.
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