About the artist
Modeste is an award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist from Madagascar, whose music is a unique blend of traditional Malagasy sounds. He creates beatiful melodies and rhythms with hypnotic guitar playing and vocals, and is known for his exceptional and unique guitar skills and powerful live performances.
He has performed at many venues and festivals across the UK and abroad, including The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Brightdon Dome, WOMAD, Shetland Folk, London Jazz Festival, Musicport, Wilderness, Big Chill, Hop Farm, London African Music Festival, Rise and BT River of Music.
He has toured with Cesaria Evora for the UK stretch of her tour as well as shared the stage with Mory Kante, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lokua Kanza and more.
Modeste has also been featured and has played live on countless BBC radio programmes including Janice Long’s Radio 2 show, the World Service, Charlie Gillett’s BBC London show and many live broadcasts and performances with BBC Radio 3.
He has also been featured and has played live on countless BBC radio programmes including Janice Long’s Radio 2 show, the World Service, Charlie Gillett’s BBC London show and many live broadcasts and performances with BBC Radio 3.
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-existant) second guitar player.
With an 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.
The slow burn of his soaring voice, the quiet storm of his devastating guitar and the gentle rhythmic workout dispensed by his band make him ideal for this early evening slot on our main stage.
— Rise – London United