If Lala Njava’s music was a colour, it would be indigo – a dark, pensive hue that rings with a deep, almost bluesy, edge. Listening to Malagasy Blues Song, we hear bending guitar lines, Lala’s silvery wandering voice and rippling percussion winding together in harmony.

Malagasy Blues Song is Lala’s debut solo release, but as a young musician she gained a wealth of experience from performing live with her family band, Njava. In conversation, Lala explains the organic and free-flowing way in which their familial music-making occurred. Upon moving to Europe during the 1990s, the band became professionally established and smoothly scaled the ladder of success, recording two albums for EMI, embarking on a world tour and laying down some vocals for renowned ‘ethnic-electronica’ group Deep Forest. ‘Sweet Lullaby’ heard on Malagasy Blues Song is a re-recording of a track that Lala performed live with Deep Forest many times during this era of her career. Lala’s version is very different from the 1990s recorded pop original, and is deliciously reworked with her languorous bluesy swing. Stripped back to an acoustic setting, the lilting melody sparkles in its simplicity.

Malagasy Blues Song is an album of deep and sonorous songs penned with purposeful lyrics. Melt into Lala’s expressive sound-world as she threads together the rich tapestry of the sounds, experiences and desires that have stitched her colourful life so far.

Available on
MP3 Edition : Riverboat – World Music Network or Itunes
CD Edition  : Riverboat – World Music Network  – Fnac –  D’ame d’amour shop – Brussels




Lala Njava : Vocals
Régis Gizavo : Accordion
Dozzy Njava : guitars, backing vocal
Maximin : bass, backing vocal
Pata Njava : drums, backing vocal

Executive Producer : MYSP Production
Co-produced by Lala Njava

Recorded and mixed at MYSP Studio by Maximin Njava


Sabine Froese / SouthPool

South Pool

Booking Germany, Austria, Swiss German, Swiss Italian‎ and Scandinavia
Booking UK

Riverboat Records

World Music Network

© Lala Njava 2014
Website by JH

Dames d’amour

As Lala is concerned about what is happening in Madagascar, she founded the nongovernmental organization “Dames d’Amour” in 2003 with her sisters Monika and Nicole in order to support children and women there.

Dames d'amour asbl

Graine de vie

Lala Njava is donating some of the revenues from her CD to the NGO “Graine de Vie” to support the planting of trees in Madagascar.

Graine de vie


Lala Njava participate to the
Greenpeace project Tanjona Tany

Tanjona Tany