Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo

Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo is a star in the Malagasy music scene and the leader of Tarika Bé, which was named one of the 10 best bands in the world by Time magazine in 2001. Her explorations of the traditional culture of Madagascar have made her a hugely successful musical ambassador. Born and raised in Madagascar, Rasoanaivo’s music is a unique, modern blend of the roots music of the different regions of Madagascar, featuring vocal harmonies and local instruments as well as more conventional guitars and electric bass. She has recorded 12 albums and made three films, including a BBC documentary, and her music was featured in the IMAX® 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. She built the first Malagasy Arts Centre in Madagascar in 2002. Rasoanaivo is also very active in helping out other women in the arts and participated in the Women Of Africa project with Mali’s Oumou Sangare, Cameroon’s Sally Nyolo, and South Africa’s Sibongile Khumalo.