Hanitra, Friday 21 July 2017
Hanitra's album 'Lasa' just received a 4**** star review in R2 magazine - national UK music magazine -UK: R2 Magazine 4**** review Norman Darwen ‘Lasa’ by Hanitra :
“One of Madagascar’s true musical icons…mostly the tracks here are delicate yet forceful, with an acoustic-based three-piece accompaniment behind Hanitra’s pure, strong and sensual vocals.”
She is a true icon in Madagascar – following her debut with the band Lolo Sy Ny Tariny, Hanitra was quickly chosen to leave her country to build her career. Invited to many festivals around the world, Hanitra found the recipe for a world refined and catchy music that sails between folk on edge and more rhythmic pieces. Her third album Lasa published in 2016, will be a tribute to the singer Lhasa De Sela.
Hanitra was crowned Best New Artist at the Jazz and World Music Festival, Vannes 2000, France and was nominated for Best Female Voice at the Voices of the Indian Ocean. Six previous recordings included from the earliest to most recent: ‘Madagascar Compilation’ (WDR World Network Production); ‘Maninona’ (Playa Sound Production), ‘Omeko anao’ (2000) and featured tracks on ‘Stars of Afro-Pop’; ‘Global Women’ (ARC Music) and ‘Discover Music from Africa’ (2016). ‘Any Aminay’ was self-published in 2010.
Hanitra’s voice has a timeless depth of emotion floating above a global groove of bass and rhythms, sharing stories with sensitivity and great beauty. ‘Lasa’ was recorded in 6 days by the sound engineer Rodolphe Gervais (Ray Charles, Egyptian Project, Idir,) at Studio de Faune in Montauban-de-Bretagne in France. Released globally through ARC Music on Jan 6th 2017.
“Let's just go out a very thin branch now and say this: If Hanitra Ranaivo sang in English she might just be one of those Next Big Thing artists at the intersection of folk, pop and world music… When she bounces off the springheel African rhythms or the gentle folk-rock settings you feel you are in the presence of a mature and thoughtful musician in command of her art…” – Graham Reid
“… Slowly the voice rises to the sky, instinctively recalling the vastness of the work of the former Montrealer… Hanitra, the singer-guitarist of Madagascar, often addresses specific and sometimes forbidden themes such as deforestation, abused women, lesbian love or the rebellion of housewives. It also offers love songs, from a mother to her daughter or from a human being to nature.
The singing is of great sensitivity and often punctuated by delicious vocal harmonies; folk or afro-pop with timeless climates and rhythms. The music is surprising and beautiful.” Le Devoir newspaper
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