Linley Marthe, the bass virtuoso from Mauritius, has teamed up with vocalist Monika Njava in the new world music/jazz hybrid group, Island Jazz, which has released its self-titled album.
Njava sings in English and several dialects of Malagasy, the language of her home country, Madagascar, which lies west of the island of Maruitius — the birthplace of the now Paris-based Marthe, whose jazz bass playing has been called phenomenal. He has worked with The Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Cheb Mami, Dave Liebman, and Jean-Luc Ponty, among others.
The remaining group members include Joël Rabesolo on guitar and Miora Rabarisoa on drums. Both players hail from Madagascar, and Rabesolo is considered the country’s top jazz guitarist.
Wondering what Island Jazz sounds like? Take a listen:
Island Jazz Track List:
- It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
- Ho tsarovantsika