Madagascar's Tarika To Tour North America

Suspension of album release forces band to cancel dates, but it'll be on road in July.

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 7–9; 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 22–23; Victoria, British Columbia; Rootsfest

July 25; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard on Richard

July 28–30; Seattle, Wash.; WOMAD Festival