Malagasy legend Jaojoby on tour in Southern Africa

Malagasy legend Jaojoby on tour in Southern Africa
29 May-8 July | Music

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Have you seen The "King of Salegy" live on stage? Jaojoby will be on tour in Southern Africa! His nickname was given by his fellow countrymen to the grooviest performer of the Indian Ocean from Madagascar.

Jaojoby is all at the same time a singer-songwriter-composer-leader and his band, composed of 10 musicians, of which 5 are from his family. Salegy is Madagascar’s most popular dance music, an irresistible beat from the North West of the Island.

Eusèbe Jaojoby was born in July 1955 in the north-east of Madagascar. He realised that he had a talent when singing in church at an early age. At 15 his father sent him to study in Diego Suarez, the capital of the North and an old pirate landmark which was much appreciated by French sailors. 

In this city known for its lively night life, it did not take Eusèbe long to find himself on stage. A double life began between nightclubs and school, which he held up on both fronts for several years. The clientele wanted current international hits but Eusèbe and the musicians slowly integrated traditional Madagascan elements into their music using electric guitars. Modern Salegy, today the unifying music of Madagascar was taking shape. After juggling between journalism on the national public media networks and music, Eusèbe Jaojoby chose to dedicate his life to music in 1988, forming his first band. Since having taken this decision, he recorded and released 7 albums and performed hundreds of concerts in dozens of countries, all around Europe, the Indian Ocean and North America.

Jaojoby’s tour will kick off with Africa Day at the Bassline (29 May) and will be the main nationwide musical event of the month of June. It will follow the festivals’ route:

• Friday 29 May: Johannesburg (Bassline, Africa Day)
• Saturday 30 May: Swaziland (Bushfire)
• Wednesday 17 June: Johannesburg (The Orbit)
• Saturday 20 June: Port Elizabeth (Richmond Hill Fête de la Musique)
• Wednesday 24 June: Cape Town (CT Nu World Festival)
• Saturday 27 June: Johannesburg (Newtown Fête de la Musique)
• Tuesday 07 & Wednesday 08 July: Grahamstown (National Arts Festival)

> Information and updates on www.alliance.org.za / www.facebook.com/AllianceFrancaiseJHB

Presented by the Alliance Française network in Southern Africa.

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