Fast Forward: Africa: Tarika

Rasoanaivo Hanitrarivo (pronounced Rah-SAH-nay-vo An-EEH-tray-va), singer-songwriter for the Malagasi band Tarika, confesses that she has adopted "a little bit of professionalism" since the group started touring internationally a few years ago. "Instead of using bicycle-brake cables, I use piano cables," she says, referring to the components of her myriad stringed instruments.

Rasoanaivo seems loath to make any further concessions to foreign ways, at least when it comes to her band. The purist aesthetic of Tarika's music--"It's 90% Madagascar," she says--testifies to her deep suspicion of globalization. "No one knows the good and bad any longer/The target becomes only to participate/No one...

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