Wawa (Malagasy musician)

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Wawa
Born Madagascar
Genres Salegy
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice

Wawa is a performer and composer of salegy, a genre of music from the northern coastal region of Madagascar. He is among the most popular contemporary salegy artists and has recorded songs in collaboration with numerous other Malagasy artists. In 2011 he released an album of traditional salegy, featuring kabosy, marovany and traditional percussion accompaniment. [1] Wawa enjoys strong popularity among Malagasy audiences both domestically and within the diaspora, and regularly tours at home and abroad. [2] In 2010 the band completed extensive tours to sold out audiences in France and Madagascar. [3] A music reviewer for Midi Madagasikara described Wawa in 2013 as the "perfect entertainer, who never ceases to perform at the highest levels." [4]

Salegy

Salegy[ˈsaleɡʲ] is a popular music genre from Madagascar. Originating as a Sub-Saharan African folk music style in the northwestern coastal areas of Madagascar, modern salegy is the genre of Malagasy music that has gained the widest recognition and commercial popularity in the international market. Its sound is considered emblematic of the island. Eusèbe Jaojoby, a Sakalava singer from Antsiranana, was a key originator of the style and is widely considered the "King of Salegy".

Madagascar island nation off the coast of Southeast Africa, in the Indian Ocean

Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats.

Kabosy Madagascar Guitar

The kabosy is a box-shaped wooden guitar commonly played in music of Madagascar. It has four to six strings and is commonly thought to be a direct descendant of the Arabic oud. The kabosy has staggered frets, many of which do not even cross the entire fretboard, and is generally tuned to an open chord.

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  1. Rado, Maminirina (12 April 2011). "Wawa: " Nahay tsara " annonce le traditionnel". L'Express de Madagascar (in French). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. Randriamiarantsoa, Faly (31 October 2012). "Antsohihy: Les membres du groupe Wawa accidentés". L'Express de Madagascar (in French). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  3. Rabe, Patrice (13 January 2011). "Madagascar: Musique " mafana " - Une année 2010 très riche pour Wawa et son groupe". Midi Madagasikara (in French). Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  4. Rabe, Patrice (30 March 2013). "Lundi de Pâques en chansons : De grosses pointures au Coliséum". Midi Madagasikara (in French). Retrieved 18 July 2013.

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