Lala Simpson grew up in Madagascar surrounded by music and dance. She was part of community folk dancing and singing groups as a child, sang in various choirs and as a lead singer in different bands. She teaches songs from around the world and particularly traditional and original songs from her native Madagascar which are usually accompanied by dance movements. She has worked with various adult and children’s choirs, community groups, schools and churches in Wellington and currently works with Womansong, Lunchtime Singing at St Andrew’s, Community music Junction for the Sing for your Life program and Music making for Children. She is also the choreographer for the Wellington Community Choir. Lala runs public workshops on Songs and Dances from Madagascar and acts as guest conductor for choirs.
Manawa Ora Children Community Choir
A choir for children aged 7-11 years old, singing songs from around the world, learning solfege and playing with rhythms. The choir aims to build an inter-generational and cross-cultural connections in the community. We will sing in and at times practice in rest homes, perform in cultural gatherings and Festivals.
Voices for Madagascar
A small choir of 12 members singing traditional and original songs from Madagascar. We raise money to support community projects and other charities in Madagascar.