If you know a bit about Madagascar and its culture, you should also have heard about Hanitra. Because if South Africa had Miriam Makeba, Cape Verde has Cesaria Evora and Benin has Angelique Kidjo, it’s fair to say that Madagascar resounds to Hanitra’s chords.
Since her debut, in the late 1970s with the band, Lolo Sy Ny Tariny, the singer/songwriter and guitarist from Fianarantsoa (in the Southern part of the country) tailored her songs to fit her island’s everyday life and the joys and struggles of its inhabitants. In her songs, Hanitra narrates the lives of her people with comforting harmonies, lyrics and rhythms, and she will do the same on the 19th of July in Rotherhithe with the exquisite backdrop of Sands Films as a stage.
She will bring her special brand of Madagascar to London for a not-to-be-missed show, part of her European tour introducing her new album Lasa dedicated to the late singer/songwriter Lhasa de Sela.