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.
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