Ninie Doniah

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Ninie Doniah
Birth name Virginie Bezara
Born Madagascar
Genres Salegy
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice

Ninie Doniah is a Malagasy singer and composer of salegy music that originates from the northern coastal area of Madagascar, including her birthplace of Nosy Be. She descends from a musical family: her grandmother was a celebrated singer of the traditional jijy vako-drazana antakarana.[1]

Doniah is 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 ambassadors of the genre outside of Madagascar.[2] She has recorded more than six albums since the mid-1990s and continues to tour throughout Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands.[1]

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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.