Malagasy

COMPOSERS: Eusèbe Jaojoby
LABELS: Discorama
WORKS: Malagasy
PERFORMER: Eusebe Jaojoby (voice), etc
CATALOGUE NO: WVF 479015

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Over the water, in Madagascar, Eusebe Jaojoby is one of the biggest home-grown names. To the vigour and clarity of his powerful, baritonal-tenorish voice, add the spot-on precision of a virtuoso band and chorus in up-tempo music and you have a high-energy experience.

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Salegy is the name of the style, and it features a fast interplay of compound and simple times in a guitar-led adaptation which has proved highly durable. The group’s recorded here on a visit to Réunion with local brass and an appearance by one of the island’s stars, Granmoun Lélé. Two of the tracks relax – slightly – but not for long.