Modeste Hugues
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Modeste Hugues

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
Band World Acoustic





Hugues is a pleasingly smoky-toned singer and a fine guitarist, able to play rhythm and lead all at once. He's so effective in this musical sleight of hand that audience members scan the stage in search of a (non-existent) second guitar player.
-- Jamie Renton of the Independent - Independent


With the almost endless variety of rhythms, tempos and styles, and with a growing UK-based population of talented Malagasy musicians such as Modeste, there's no reason why the unique and distinctive style of the Indian Ocean's jewel shouldn't break a few barriers here, too.
-- John Armstrong of the BBC - bbc


Modeste - Modeste CD1

Fomba/Living our destiny CD2



Modeste Hugues Randriamahitasoa


My name is Modeste Hugues Randriamahitasoa. I grew up in Betroka, in southern Madagascar. When I was young I had no money to buy a guitar so I built one at the local college where my father was a teacher. My Mothers singing was my inspiration and I loved to recreate the sound of village life, especially the marovany, A 24 string traditional instrument. I began fusing Betrokan rhythms with the sounds of the bush and this amazing pallet is what I draw on when I play, and is the place that I return to when I perform.