Wake up Madagascar
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Wake up Madagascar
Wake Up Madagascar was initiated by singer, songwriter and environmental activist Razia Said, who spent her childhood in the vanilla-growing region of Madagascar’s northeast coast. After years of living abroad, she returned to discover her country’s landscape ravaged by illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and the impact of climate change.
In an effort to raise awareness at the local and international level, Razia organized the Mifohaza Masoala (Wake Up Masoala) music/environmental festival, which took place at the edge of the Masoala Rainforest in October 2011.
Before the concert local inhabitants planted a total of 20,000 trees. The concert featured some of Madagascar’s most exciting performers, and the festival was a huge success. The participants agreed that the next step was to take the music and the message to the world.
Last year The Wake Up Madagascar tour showcased the same outstanding musicians and dancers who create an uplifting celebration of Malagasy music. They toured US and Canada to great critical success. This year they are back with the music that makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accordion and hip-shaking dance moves. This music represents the soul and spirit of the island.
The featured artists of Wake Up Madagascar 2 will be supported by an all-star lineup that will total 12 musicians on stage. The amazing music and dance of Madagascar has never been as important or as critical.
Eusèbe Jaojoby is the most popular singer in Madagascar and throughout the Indian Ocean islands. He is one of the founders and the most brilliant interpreter of the style that symbolizes the “Red Island”: salegy. The “King of Salegy” is the nickname given to Jaojoby by his fellow countrymen, demonstrating his important role Madagascar’s most prevalent music style. Since releasing the first of seven solo albums in 1992, Jaojoby’s local and international following has continued to grow. He is Madgascar’s most beloved performer and recording artist.
Singer and songwriter Razia Said’s nomadic life has taken her across Africa to France, Italy, Ibiza, Bali and New York City, but despite these wanderings, her heart and soul remains inexorably tethered to Madagascar, the land of her birth. Over the years Razia experimented with chanson, rock, jazz and even R&B. But it took reaching back to her cultural roots for Razia to uncover her true artistic calling as one of African music’s most promising talents. Since the release of her breakthrough album Zebu Nation in 2009, Razia has brought her message of environmental and cultural preservation to enraptured audiences worldwide.
An author, composer, and a guitar virtuoso, Charles Kely grew up surrounded by the ba gasy tradition of the highland plateaus in Madagascar. Kely’s style, which he describes as “open gasy,” refers to the open tuning so characteristic of Madagascar’s guitarists. He is now focusing on his solo career with the release of the CD ZomaZoma which captures his innovative approach to Malagasy music, which incorporates the open gasy style with a touch of bossa, jazz, blues, funk and subtle pan-African influences.
Claudine Robert Zafinera embodies a combination of the south and north of Madagascar. Her father is originally from the south west and her mother from the northeast; her own unique style of salegy combines her culture with infectious grooves. Dina married Jaojoby in 1988 and has been singing along with him ever since. In 2008 she created her own band: Saramba, formed mainly by women. The music of Saramba is based on Malagasy traditional music, the very characteristic powerful voice of Dina accentuate her lyrics about the urgent call for the Malagasy to pay attention to women’s issues.