The marovany is a box zither used in the music of Madagascar. Used in both religious and secular music, it is a box made of wood or metal with 12 or more metal strings attached to each side. The sound it makes is bright and cheerful, joyous even. The marovany music I have heard is among the happiest sounding I have ever encountered.

The marovany is often accompanied by the faray, a homemade rattle that is made from common material such as milk cans filled with sand or gravel.

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