B-Sarouk, the local houseband of Centre Lambahoany, has recorded a special song for Centre Lambahoany. B-Sarouk, which means “big hat” in Malagasy, has played many times already on the stage at the centre and plays mainly Basesa.

The band was formed in 2007 and consists of six young talented musicians from Toamasina. In 2008 the band has been chosen as artist of the year by TREMPLIN at the Alliance Francaise. In 2009 they had their first performance at Centre Lambahoany, together with Raoul of the famous Malagasy band Mahaleo. In 2009 again they have been named the most talented band by different prominent bands like Mahaleo, Mila & Davis and Samoela. B-Sarouk plays both Basesa, a traditional style of music of the Betsimisaraka (the ethnic group of people who mainly live in Toamasina), and Malagasy Betsimisaraka blues (acoustic).

B-Sarouk aims to become a succesfull band and will always do its best to promote the music of Madagascar, especially which originates from the area of Toamasina.

The Lambahoany song describes the following in its lyrics:

– The lambahoany as it is used by the Malagasy people (rectangle cloth),
– “Viary tsara anaty lambahoany” means, beautiful girl, which is loved by everyone,
– The song is also about the centre and it’s importance for the local community. About the cultural events, the tourists and the parties that are held here.

Play the song B-Sarouk – Lambahoany

If you would like to know more about B-Sarouk and it upcoming first album, please contact us.



Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands surrounding it, such as Mauritius and the Seychelles, represent a so-called biodiversity hotspot. Only few places in the World have a similarly high diversity in plants and animals. On top of that many of the species found in this hotspot cannot be found anywhere else in the World. For instance, at least 90 percent of Madagascar’s reptiles are found only on Madagascar!

One type of reptile found in all colours and sizes is the smaller sized lizard known as gecko. Anyone who has ever met a gecko knows you cannot miss them. These funny little creatures are constantly calling out to each other by making chirping sounds.

Geckos come in two flavours, the party-all-night-long flavour and the early-riser-afraid-of-the-dark flavour. The nocturnal geckos usually have dull, brownish colours, while the day geckos are known as the ‘jewels of Madagascar’ because of their bright colours. I guess these geckos can’t have it all…

Camouflage Gecko
Camouflage Gecko

Most geckos have specialised scales in their feet with microscopic hooks on them, which allow them to cling to vertical surfaces and hang upside down. This results in geckos not only in your bed but also above it on the ceiling, next to you on the wall… they are literally all over the place.

But there is another funny thing about them: they lick their eyeballs! Once in a while you see their long, flat tongue shoot out of their mouth, land on their eyes and then slither back down into their mouth again… Yes, you heard it right! But they have good reason for this mildly weird behaviour. Their large, round eyes are only protected by single transparent scales, so no eyelids. It seems that these scales, just like the windscreen on your car, need to be cleaned once in a while, hence the licking of the eyeballs…

So, let’s consider the camouflage gecko. The mossy leaf-tailed or fringed gecko (genus Uroplatus) is an absolute master of disguise. At present 11 species are recognised, which differ in size from 6-7 cm up till 30 cm. But no matter how large they get, they are almost impossible to recognize, which the picture above illustrates. Their habitat is mostly rainforests but they are also found in deciduous forests, which lose their leafs in the fall. The larger species, as the one in the picture, tend to mimic tree bark, while the smaller ones look like dry leafs. I guess that’s why they are mostly found in rainforests, looking like a leaf in a leafless forest is not going to save you from the predators…

Information sources used for this text are Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide (Garbutt, Bradt and Schuurman, Bradt travel guide, April 2006) and the website http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org.