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Seheno: 'You can feel the Madagascar roots in my songs'

By Alison Hird

Singer-songwriter Seheno talks to RFI about how the nature and musical traditions of her native Madagascar inspired her latest album Hazo Kely.

 

Seheno was born in Madagascar into a family of musicians. Her father founded Ny Railovy, one of the island's most famous pop bands of the 60s and 70s. She inherited a love of music but went on to develop a style all of her own, bringing electronic, blues and pop influences to Malagasy melodies. Her second album Hazo Kely, on which she worked with Indian tabla virtuoso Prabhu Edouard, is a kind of hymn to the beauty of her native island and the sheer force of its nature. "The land is rich," she says, "but its people are poor, there's a problem."  She admits to feeling powerless but does what she can through song. "It's affected me greatly, the nature, its beauty, its power. We have one earth, I really worship it, it's sacred," she says. "That's why for me it's really important that my music and the theme of nature is linked. It's one thing."

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