Toko Telo Debut album out now: Toy Raha Toy
D'Gary guitar & voice
Monika Njava voice & percussion
Régis Gizavo accordion & voice

Toko Telo (group of three) brings together a trio of musical stars from Madagascar. Honored at home and acclaimed abroad, in Toko Telo they revisit their shared southern roots, interpreting traditional musical styles – tsapiky, jihe, beko – with sublime artistry.

D'Gary, guitar & voice
"A monster guitarist!" David Lindley

Madagascar’s most well known guitarist, D’Gary splashed onto the world music scene in the early 90s in a famous collaboration with musician/producers David Lindley and Henry Kaiser. Their album, A World Out Of Time, featured D’Gary’s extraordinary, open-tuning playing style developed from traditional instrumental techniques. "I couldn't believe my eyes or ears,” recounted Kaiser later. A string of international recording projects and concerts followed. More recently, D’Gary toured North America with the International Guitar Night ensemble and recorded the International Guitar Night II live album with Brian Gore, Miguel de la Bastide and Clive Carroll. D’Gary subsequently toured the US with banjo legend Bela Fleck.

Monika Njava, voice & percussion
“The voice of Madagascar.” Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide

Celebrated across Madagascar as the national diva, Monika Njava sang lead in the prize-winning group Njava, recording two critically acclaimed albums for EMI. She has recorded with platinum-selling Deep Forest and tours with the band. In 2012 she released a solo world-pop album, Haizina, with musicians from three continents. Always exploring new musical territory, in 2014 she recorded Island Jazz with bass virtuoso Linley Marthe, an album fusing traditional Malagasy music and contemporary jazz. Singing in several Malagasy dialects, Monika draws on folktales and everyday village life for her lyrics. She also addresses contemporary themes, such as corruption and environmental devastation.

Régis Gizavo, accordion & voice
“Dynamic, fluid, complex and inventive.” Ian Anderson, fRoots

Playing the accordion from an early age, Régis Gizavo arrived in France in 1990 after winning the Radio France Internationale “Prix découvertes”. Since then he has worked with a long and varied list of international artists, including Cesária Évora, Richard Bona, Manu Dibango, The Mahotella Queens and Boubacar Traoré. He also had a long collaboration with the renowned Corsican group I Muvrini, performing hundreds of shows around the world. As the BBC’s John Lusk put it, “Régis Gizavo seems to be able to mould his instrument to almost any style.” His spectacular playing has won him a following far beyond the accordion audience. He launched his most recent solo album, Ilakake, as the star artist at the Nuits de Nacre festival in Tulles.