Wake Up Madagascar featuring Jaojoby, Raiza, Charles Kely, and Saramba- Friday July 20th, 7PM at the Iron Horse
The greatest presentation of Madagascar music this country has seen in many years is making its way across the country and stopping at the Iron Horse on Friday, July 20th. The king of the salegy dance pop, Jaojoby, is here with his amazing band, and three other top Malagasy singers—Razia Said, Charles Kely, and Saramba. The tour is promoting a vital cause: saving Madagascar’s irreplaceable rain forests, currently being slashed and burned by short-sighted commercial interests, corrupt politicians, and local villagers too easily tempted by money. Radio signals from the east coast of Africa can be picked up in Madagascar, so styles popular on the mainland invariably work their way into the island's sounds. This is an inspiring example of musical activism, and one of the hottest African music acts on tour in America this summer. In short: not to be missed.
Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited - Sunday, July 22nd 7PM Iron Horse
Thomas Mapfumo has been a witness to and participant in history in his native Zimbabwe. From the bloody years of the country's liberation war in the '70s, right through the present economic and political crises, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary, spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary and a fearless social critic and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century.
Tickets are $15 (for either show) at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at IHEG.com.