Toko Telo   Transglobal World Music Chart #1   Global Village Top 40 Albums #1
D'Gary guitar & voice
Monika Njava voice & percussion

  • Photo © Ross Underwood

    Photo © Ross Underwood

  • Photo © Ross Underwood

    Photo © Ross Underwood

"Sublime." Angel Romero, World Music

"Their musical chemistry has the right blend of familiarity and otherness, of virtuosity and pop savvy, to be all but irresistible to nearly any listener." Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide

"Ils forment le superbe trio Toko Telo." Patrick Labesse, Le Monde

“The relaxed performances of three masters of the genre, who are clearly enjoying one another’s company, make for a really enjoyable experience.” Vic Smith, fRoots Magazine

Honored at home and acclaimed abroad, these veteran performers 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, a founding member of Toko Telo, died suddenly on July 16, 2017. For D’Gary and Monika Njava the best way to honor the memory of their friend is to continue Toko Telo. The new line-up will debut in 2018.