A group from Madagascar called Ny Ako is visiting Wales in the Summer and will be at St Davids Uniting Church on Friday 10th June. Fiona (FL) asked Miara Rabearisoa (MR), from Llanfair Penrhys, a little more about this.
FL Miara can you tell me what Ny Ako means?
MR I’m very glad that the Malagasy Group Ny Ako will perform at St David’s Uniting Church. “Ny Ako” means “The Echo”.
FL You are from Madagascar yourself. What is your own connection with the group?
MR Ny Ako is a very famous group in Madagascar. I knew some members of the group as we live in the same town and they are members of my church. In 2013, when my family and I went for furlough in Madagascar, I heard that they will come for a tour in UK in 2014. I contacted the group to see if we can arrange for them to perform in some Churches and schools in South Wales. In June 2014, the group spent nearly a week in Penrhys while they performed in different churches. Since then, we became friends as well as prayer partners and we always keep in touch..
FL I saw the group perform in Penrhys when they were last on tour in 2014 and I know that it will be an entertaining evening. I also know that the group members finance the trip themselves – so it must mean a lot to them to come. What would you say is the main purpose of their trip and why is ti important to members of Ny Ako?
MR Ny Ako is a group from the Scripture Union in Madagascar, and all its members have their own different occupations to earn their living: Some are office workers, Tour guides, etc. The main purposes of the group are:
– To make known to the world the riches of the Malagasy culture in terms of art: music and songs, choreography and traditional costumes and handicrafts.
– To share their Christian faith, experiences and weave fellowship links with people wherever they go.
It is very important for the members of the group to commit to this period of time away from Madagascar every 2 years (4 months for the tour in Europe). It is an outreach and an opportunity to share their Christian faith; and also to let people know more about Madagascar.
FL What would you say to someone who is thinking of coming and who wants to know what they can expect?
MR I’m very excited for their visit here in UK and especially in Wales. It is an opportunity for us Malagasy people to give back to the Welsh people for their great contribution in sending many missionaries to Madagascar in the past. It witnesses to the fruits of their work nearly 200 years later.
People know Madagascar because of the cartoon, but the group Ny Ako will show people the real image of Madagascar!
Please do come to see their performance, it will be very enjoyable, colourful, with an exotic setting and tropical rhythm: music, song and dance. Also you will discover many wonderful handicrafts directly made by local Malagasy artisans and sold on their behalf.
FL Thanks Miara. We look forward to seeing you, with Ny Ako, in June.