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  • hip-deep November 20, 2014

    Hip Deep in Madagascar: Songs of the North

    Salegy may be the most popular dance music of Madagascar. It’s a churning, harmonious groove with spine-stiffening vocal harmonies that emerged from towns and cities of northern Madagascar in the mid-20th century. On a trip to Diego Suarez, we learn that … Read more »

  • video November 19, 2014

    Ali Mourad Live at Jao’s Pub

    Ali Mourad (sometimes Aly Mourady) is a singer/bandleader from Diego Suarez at the northern tip of Madagascar. He plays the characteristic dance music of that region, salegy. But his is a younger, harder, faster version specific to Diego: salegy gouma. … Read more »

  • blog November 19, 2014

    Diego Suarez Photo Essay

    At the northern tip of Madagascar, Diego Suarez (Antsiranana) is a fabled destination. With its history of piracy, Indian Ocean trade, and a dramatic World War II battle between the British and the Vichy French, the history runs thick. The … Read more »

  • blog May 1, 2014

    Field Report: Madagascar Arrival…

    We’ve safely arrived in the capital Antananarivo (called Tana for short) and are enjoying a warm welcome with musician friends. The first night we were greeted by Hanitra, leader of Tarika Be (fearless leader for the Afropop listeners’ tour of … Read more »

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