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Last week the cultivators of the rural community Fetraomby gathered to display their products, produced with recently introduced agricultural methods. Methods that will render the slash-and-burn practices superfluous, and thus help to conserve the forest.Corn, rice, manioc, and sugarcane could be admired, as were several kinds of fruit like tangerines, papaya, pineapple, banana, rambutan. Also spices were brought to the festival: pepper, cloves, ginger, and curcuma, and of course coffee and coconuts.The children enjoyed themselves with the merry-go-round, the adults with the speeches and the traditional songs and dances performed by the different groups the community boasts.

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Les orphelins de la Terre des Enfants avaient une grande fête au Centre Lambahoany !

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Pukulan demonstration in Toamasina. Also taught at Centre Lambahoany!

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From 13 to 15 November the Toamasina Lychee festival took place. It was organised by the youth federation of Toamasina, ‘Ino Mareseka’. The highlights were a carnival and a demonstration of martial arts. Many of the Toamasina schools participated in the carnival, one group even more originally dressed up than the other, all inspired by the lychees, that are ripening now and will soon be shipped to cheer up Christmas dinners in Europe. Nicest was of course the whole town was making merry.

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On Friday October 16th the International Tourism Day was celebrated in Toamasina.

It was modest but lively event on the Esplanade, underneath the Palm Trees. All the touristic highlights of the region where presented to the public.

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Local titbits could be tried and the most popular drink was fresh coconut juice. In the afternoon it became more serious: a debate on how to better develop tourism in the region. An important issue as the tourist potential of the region has not yet reached its full growth. You’d better come now, before mass-tourism sets in!



Centre Lambahoany is situated in the heart of Toamasina city.

Our centre has 7 bungalows, a bar, a large garden and often there are cultural activities organised, such as music, dancing and art.



Sunday afternoon 11 December the past was brought to live at Centre Lambahoany. No less than eight groups of young rockers performed. It was a surprise that this music has so many followers in Toamasina, who with boundless energy sang, played, danced and jumped. The large crowd was young and just as enthusiastic. When the group NOCTURNAL was on stage they tried to besiege the stage, as if the sixties revived at Centre Lambahoany. A marvellous afternoon made possible by the organisation of young artists of Sylvain Rakoto.




Friday 23 September many different lambahaony’s were to be admired at Centre Lambahoany. Dosy and Lucienne had organised an evening with different groups all dressed in multicoloured lambahoany’s.

Traditional music

Traditional instruments, traditional music, traditional clothing and traditional dance, including spinning with a bottle filled with water on the head! Acting out traditional life (planting rice, harvesting rice, pounding rice, eating rice) completed that part of the evening. Next Dosy and Lucienne proved they are not only good at organising but also have good singing voices.

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.