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  • n. A form of bamboo zither from Madagascar


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  • Most songs are dominated by the close vocal harmonies of Rasoanaivo and her sister Noro and bubbling grooves played on guitar, the tubular zither called the valiha, and the mandolinlike kabosy -- though "Madindo," which features some bizarre Indonesian rapping, does prove a fascinating fusion of Malagasy and Indonesian colors and sounds.

    Chicago Reader

  • It wasn't entirely bereft of magical moments - most deriving from either the Trio Bulgarka's harmonies or the twinkling valiha lines of Justin Vali - but, as a whole, the album seemed piecemeal and more straightforwardly "rock" than one wished from Kate Bush.

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  • If you like to be bathed in the sounds of reverberating strings and the propulsion of polyrhythms, what could be more seductive to the ear than a duet of Madagascan valiha and Senegalese kora?

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