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IN HARMONY David and Règis in concert
IN HARMONY David and Règis in concert

A marriage of music and culture simply creates magic

World music enthusiasts all over worship Règis Gizavo and with good reason. An accordionist from Tulear, Madagascar, Règis has lived and played in France for the last ten years, teaming up with some of the biggest names in fusion and world music including the famous Corsican group I Muvrini. His fan following extends from his homeland of Madagascar to France, where he currently resides, and further across the globe to England, North America, South America and now India.While some dismiss the concept of world music as a categorisation that includes bizarre and incomprehensible music, real music enthusiasts see it as a body that include pure and eclectic sounds from various countries, featuring a combination of instruments that would have otherwise never been combined. So here is a duo that combines an accordion with the drums.Règis travelled the length and breadth of his country to capture the essence of Malagasy music but at one point of time he wanted to be guided in his music by fellow musician Richard Galliano. "Today I'm glad he refused," says Règis.Règis Gizavo and percussionist David Mirandon are on a tour of India, teaching us a thing or two about the simple pleasures of life. Like appreciating the music sensibilities of African music combined with the subtlety of a French drummer. David has grown up learning music and was exposed to various styles, but the duo's compatibility and ability to understand each other comes through only when you hear them play. Something that justifies how they have managed to perform together since the last 10 years while the other members of their band fell out. They both perform under Règis' name and David has no qualms about it. "Since it's Règis' show all the way."At the concert in Hyderabad, at the Lalit Kala Thoranam, organised by the Alliance Française of Hyderabad and the French Embassy in India, the duo commanded 90 minutes of silence, audience interaction and an encore. They played numbers from the albums Samy Olombelo and Mikea, accompanied with Règis singing in French and various Malagasy dialects. The duo will tour Madagascar soon, a trip that David is looking forward to. At the end of the evening, the humble and talented Règis commended his music partner David and gave as much credit for the show. Règis Gizavo and David Mirandon's music truly showed the best marriage of cultures ever.RVK

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