Tarika, Madagascar's most internationally popular band, will undertake a North American tour in July.
The band had expected the tour to coincide with the release of their new album, Soul Makassar, but with the suspension of all releases on the Wicklow label (which, along with its parent company, BMG Classics, was folded into the RCA Music group last month), the band finds itself without new product to promote on its live dates.
"We expected to promote Soul Makassar on this tour," explained bandleader/vocalist Rasoanaivo Hanitrarivo, "but now it won't be out in time and at the moment we're not sure when it will come out. But we'll be playing lots of the new songs from the album and just have to hope people will buy it when it's eventually released."
The group will also play material from their most recent release, D (Xenophile), which concentrated on Malagasy dance music with remakes of some classic singles from the '70s.
"Since we never toured over there after D's North American release last year, we'll play a lot of songs from that record, too." Hanitrarivo said. "They're the ones people like to dance to!"
The tour was originally scheduled to begin a week earlier, but the suspension of Soul Makassar's release forced the band to cancel several early dates.
"It's going to be good to return to some of the places we've been before and we're especially looking forward to the festivals," Hanitrarivo said. "Let's hope we'll be able to come back again."
Tarika tour dates:
July 79; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 12; Boston, Mass.; Johnny D's
July 14; Ithaca, N.Y.; The Haunt
July 18; Davis, Calif.; Palm Playhouse
July 19; Berkeley, Calif.; Freight & Salvage
July 20; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Palookaville
July 21; Los Angeles, Calif.; Grand Performance
July 2223; Victoria, British Columbia; Rootsfest
July 25; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard on Richard
July 2830; Seattle, Wash.; WOMAD Festival