Wake Up Madagascar featuring Jaojoby, Raiza, Charles Kely, and Saramba | Martyrs' | International | Chicago Reader

Wake Up Madagascar featuring Jaojoby, Raiza, Charles Kely, and Saramba Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., July 15, 8 p.m. 2012

With a career now in its fifth decade, Eusèbe Jaojoby is pretty indisputably the king of the Malagasy music known as salegy. It's a brisk folk style with skittering 6/8 rhythms, its origins somewhere in the 15th century, and In the 70s Jaojoby was among the first to add vocals to it. On his new album, Mila Anao (Buda), he brings in cloying rock guitar on a few tracks—if I didn't know better, I'd guess that was Boston cofounder Tom Scholz playing lead on "Resinao Zaho Niany"—but by and large the fundamentals he helped establish are firmly in place: kinetic hi-hat chatter and insistent kick drum, criss-crossing liquid guitar borrowed from Congolese rumba and Kenyan benga, and spirited harmony vocals that recall South African mbaqanga. (Radio signals from the east coast of Africa can be picked up in Madagascar, so styles popular on the mainland invariably work their way into the island's sounds.) Jaojoby is the standout on this unusual package tour of Malagasy music. —Peter Margasak Raiza, Charles Kely, and Saramba open.

Price: $25, $20 in advance

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