11/23/2011 10:26 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2012

Season's Blessings From Madagascar (Video)

I thought I'd give y'all an upbeat nugget for the holidays.

I met this lovely duo in Samarkand where they competed for a prize at the Sharq Taronalari festival. They invited me to videotape their rehearsal, which turned out to be lucky for me, as I have not been able to obtain any of the footage from the main stage of the Festival, even though it was promised to me many times over!

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Malagasy music. And as soon as I heard these two musicians, I knew there was something sweet and special about them. I crossed my fingers that they would get some sort of prize. And they did. Despite the extraordinarily political machinations of the prize-giving, they placed third!

"Talilema" is Talika and Kilema, both from Madagascar, now living in Europe. They are both warm and engaging people. And I think you will agree that you can enjoy this informal performance and not miss any amplification or further instrumentation. It works just fine as it is.

The song is about not wallowing in your problems. Is it right for the holidays or what?

I hope this music brightens your spirits.

Have a great holiday season!

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