Ninie Doniah

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Ninie Doniah
Birth nameVirginie Bezara
Malagasy Republic
Died (aged 56)
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter

Ninie Doniah (1966/1967 – 19 November 2023) was a Malagasy singer and composer of salegy music that originates from the northern coastal area of Madagascar, including her birthplace of Nosy Be. She descended from a musical family: her grandmother was a celebrated singer of the traditional jijy vako-drazana antakarana.[1]

Doniah was commonly termed the "Queen of Salegy", in counterpoint to the "King of Salegy," superstar Jaojoby. She is considered one of the best female salegy performers in a genre dominated by men, and is the most well-recognized and successful female ambassador of the genre outside of Madagascar.[2]

Doniah recorded more than six albums since the mid-1990s and continued to tour throughout Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands.[1]

Doniah died on 19 November 2023, at the age of 56.[3]


Title Released Label Tracks (Length)
Mitapolaka 2011 Studio ProRossy 12 (43'55")

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  1. ^ a b "Rencontres radiophoniques avec Ninie Doniah" (in French). Echos du Capricorne. 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ ""Soma Salegy" - Ninie Doniah". Virtual WOMEX. 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ Madagascar: la chanteuse Ninie Doniah est morte à l'âge de 56 ans


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