Hi, my name is Lala and I grew up in the exotic island of Madagascar and permanently moved to New Zealand in 2002. I am very passionate about the music and dance of my country of origin and would love for you to experience the fascinating fusion of music of this beautiful land. My love of music and languages have also led me to develop an interest in other cultures and collect songs from around the world. Connections, belonging and creating supportive communities are values that are very important to me and singing as proven by the Malagasy way of life is a great way to achieve this.
Since moving to New Zealand, I have been involved in Festivals and running singing and dance workshop around New Zealand. I am often involved in Community festivals and perform for fundraising events. I also love performing the songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, making the most of my bi-lingual heritage. I am very lucky to work with amazing musicians.
I am the Director of the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir and Kotaba Women's World Music Choir. The Manawa Ora children COmmunity choir seeks to build inter-generational and multicultural connections in the community by doing interactive singing in rest homes and public libraries, community spaces and events. Kotaba is a choir for women of all ages, background and levels of singing.
I am also the Director of Voices of Madagascar, a chorus that performs and records traditional and my original songs from Madagascar. We are connected through our love of Malagasy music and use our skills and talents to help community groups in Madagascar. Any profit we make from our recordings goes directly to a charity.
I often travel through New Zealand ruuning community workshops. I invite you to journey into Madagascar and discover its people, culture and tradition through music. Along the way, we will visit other cultures, sing world music and connect with ourselves and each other. And if you have never sung before, it's time to discover our voice! Looking forward to meeting you soon!