Toko Telo + Sun Chicken Akoho Masoandro For Ragas Live 2020

A portrait from Madagascar

Monika Njava shares her recipe for Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken) to enjoy with her Toko Telo performance 21-Nov-20.


Known as the voice of Madagascar, Monika Njava has a number of albums under her belt, both solo and various collaborations. A percussionist and vocalist, she continues to break musical ground as she combines traditional Malagasy music with sounds and artists from around the globe.

She will be performing at the 2020 Ragas Live Festival at the 2:00 pm slot on 22-Nov, along with her band Toko Telo. Due to the global pandemic, the event is being live-streamed, the silver lining of which is that we listeners around the world can be treated to their live show, streaming from Mangily, Madagascar.

We reached out to Toko Telo to ask if there was any dish they recommended we enjoy along with their performance, and they generously shared a recipe from Monika Njava’s cookbook: Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken).

I think it’s the first time we have made food from Madagascar and we are so excited. So register + donate via Pioneer Works, and then buy your groceries to cook along with us!


Toko Telo

Toko Telo on stage

We’ve been listening to Toko Telo via Spotify in preparation for their performance. Such cool instrumentation and energy.


Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken)

We didn’t have money to eat meat everyday. Sometimes we really wanted something tasty so we would steal a chicken. But it was difficult because my mother kept an eye out and would always set it free. One time we succeeded in stealing a chicken while my mother was taking a nap. It went straight into the pot before she could wake up. At first my mother refused to eat the chicken because she knew it had been stolen. But finally, she couldn’t resist.

Excerpted from Njava Cookbook
© Monika Njava + Used with permission

Photo coming once we cook it this weekend!


Support Toko Telo

Each album cover links to a page showing options for purchasing Toko Telo and Monika Njava’s other work.

toko telo album cover - diavola
toko telo album cover - toy rama toy

Head back to the full list of Ragas Live 2020 foods here.