It's always hard to separate out the influences on a Malagasy recording - I was sure D'Gary
's guitar would resemble traditional valiha playing, instead it's a complex mixture of East African traditional and European influences (but no Joseph Spence
, despite the blurb). At times he sounds like Ali Farka Toure
without the bluesy overtones (though perhaps not as delicate) - long, fluid runs which reminded me of Portuguese fado, at other times he strums in a way that recalls the South African Citaumvano! Actually, this diversity is not surprising when you consider D'Gary
's island origins .