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 for Ragas Live, a dish as vibrant as their music.


Monika Njava and Toko Telo

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 that we enjoy along with their performance, and they generously shared a recipe from Monika Njava’s cookbook: Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken).

Akoho Masoandro (malagasy Sun Chicken)
monika njava’s recipe for akoho masoandro (malagasy sun chicken) , for her 2020 ragas live performance w/ tako telo

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)

monika njavas sun chicken for her tako telo performance
monika njavas sun chicken for her tako telo performance

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

akoho masoandro (malagasy sun chicken) during tako telo performance
akoho masoandro (malagasy sun chicken) during tako telo performance


Toko Telo Albums

Each album cover links to a page showing options for purchasing Toko Telo and Monika Njava’s other work is available there as well!

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


Thank You!

Thank you to Tako Telo for a wonderful performance! Your music is full of great energy and interesting sounds melded together. We think the Akoho Masoandro (Sun Chicken) that we ate along with it mimicked the sound in this way, with pineapple, and cinnamon, cloves, coconut, and pickled onions … all came together in one vibrant and varied taste.

And once again, thank you to Monika Njava for generously sharing your recipe to accompany the Tako Telo performance.

monika njavas sun chicken for her tako telo performance at raga live massive 2020
monika njavas sun chicken for her tako telo performance at ragas live 2020

Continue to more Ragas Live recipes + stories: back to the full list of Ragas Live 2020 foods here, or over to the page for Nashta for Abhik Mukherjee + Samarth Nagarkar’s Set.