Hi, my name is Lala and I grew up in the unique 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 I have experienced and seen many times over is a great way to achieve this.
" Our house has been changed ever since our daughters joined the children's choir last year,
filled with singing in many different languages. It has increased their confidence, and in general just added to the joy of their lives. I particularly admire the way in which you respect and encourage whatever every child brings with them - allowing each of them room to shine. I am an Associate Professor, teaching Creative Writing at Massey University, adding an additional level of appreciation in seeing such a brilliant teacher at work. Thank you."
Ingrid Horrocks-Mother of 2 members of the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir
"Lala is much more than a teacher of singing - she is a community builder, a networker and a connector of people around the focus of singing. Her choirs bring in all sorts from the community and through her warmth and enthusiasm, people discover a love for singing and build friendships with others."
Bronwyn Wood-Member of Kotaba Women Community Choir
"Under Covid-19 Lockdown Lala was able to adapt quickly to Zoom, this very new and strange way of teaching. She was the only choir master of the four I had regular contact with that was able to continue with teaching choir in a way that was well rehearsed. Her teachings were delivered in a fun way. Her bubbly personality shone through with her teaching both on air and when she is in front of us all in person. Harilalao has made singing fun, she has broadened my horizons in her choice of songs she teaches. Harilalao makes learning singing fun, enjoyable, and exciting, in a very professional way.
Paul Cummack-Singing student and member of the Wellington Community Choir
" Harilalao ( Lala ) is a great co-director of the Wellington Community Choir. She brings to the choir vitality, inclusiveness, a wide range of songs, clear musical direction , teamwork and fun. This means that as singers we are exposed to and learn to sing and enjoy a wide range of languages, singing styles and rhythms. I look forward to singing with the choir every week, it is the highlight of the week."
Leoni Hawkins-Member of the Wellington Community Choir
"Lala is a multi-talented, passionate woman with great music, rhythm and moves to share. She has a powerful, expressive and beautiful singing voice that is unforgettable, and a way with children that will capture your heart. I have had the great joy of dancing and singing with her for many years and her inspirational style and professionalism is unparalleled. I cannot recommend her highly enough!"- Jenny Bloomfield, Director of Moringa Dancers