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Eusèbe Jaojoby (born 29 July 1955) is a composer and singer of salegy, a musical style of northwestern Madagascar. As one of the originators of salegy and its variants malessa and baoenjy, he is credited with transforming the genre from an obscure regional musical tradition into one of national and international popularity. In 1972 Jaojoby started performing with bands that were experimentally blending American soul and funk with northwestern Malagasy musical traditions. He produced four singles with The Players before the band broke up in 1979. He rose to national prominence with his 1988 hit "Samy Mandeha Samy Mitady", recorded his first full-length album in 1992, and went on to release eight more full-length albums and tour extensively along with his wife and adult children. He was Madagascar's Artist of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and the UN Population Fund's Goodwill Ambassador in 1999. (Full article...)

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