Friday 13 July 2012 at 8:00pm
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, 55454, United States
Jaojoby -- Madagascar's most popular singer, "The King of Selegy"
Razia Said -- Singer, songwriter and environmental activist
Charles Kely -- Virtuoso guitarist from the highland plateaus
Saramba -- A female collective presenting upbeat songs and vibrant dance moves
Singer, songwriter, and environmental activist Razia Said 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 a total of 20,000 trees were planted by the local inhabitants.
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.
The Wake Up Madagascar Tour will showcase the same outstanding musicians and dancers who create an uplifting celebration of salegy music. The music that makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accordion and hip-shaking dance moves, salegy represents the soul and spirit of the island. The featured artists will be supported by an all-star lineup that will total 13 musicians onstage.
Never-before has the amazing music and dance of Madagascar been presented to the world with a concert event this ambitious...and this imperative.