Wake Up Madagascar

The alarm driving Wake Up Madagascar, a tour featuring four top Malagasy artists backed by a nine-piece band, is two-fold: the fiery, intoxicating Malagasy dance music called salegy, and the epidemic deforestation of Madagascar's rain forests due to illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming. The syncopated rhythms of salegy can be fierce and driving or more sinuous and alluring, as in the music of Said (pictured), who performed a wide array of western music before returning to her Malagasy roots with the 2010 album Zebu Nation. Salegy also features simmering, often pointillist electric guitars, bubbling accordion, lush call-and-response vocal harmonies, and subtle suggestions of funk and swing.
Fri., July 13, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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