Wake Up Madagascar

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 8:00pm

Standing show (open dance floor)

Razia Said

A magical concert experience with a mission: to end illegal logging in the rainforests of Madagascar.

Jaojoby -- Madagascar's most popular singer, "The King of Selegy"
Razia Said -- Singer, songwriter and environmental activist
Charles Kely -- Virtuoso guitarist from the highland plateaus
Saramba -- A female collective presenting upbeat songs and vibrant dance moves

Singer,  songwriter  and  environmental  activist Razia Said spent her childhood in the vanilla-growing region of Madagascar’s northeast coast. After  years  of living abroad, she returned to discover her country’s landscape ravaged by illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and the impact of climate change. In an effort to raise awareness at the local and international level, Razia organized  the  Mifohaza Masoala (Wake Up Masoala) music/environmental festival which took place at the edge of the Masoala Rainforest in October 2011. Before the concert a total of 20,000 trees were planted by the local inhabitants.

The concert featured some of Madagascar’s most exciting performers, and the festival was a huge success. The participants agreed that the next step was to take the music and the message to the world.

The Wake Up Madagascar Tour will showcase the same outstanding musicians and dancers who create an uplifting celebration of salegy music. The music that makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accordion and hip-shaking dance moves, salegy represents the soul and spirit of the island. The featured artists will be supported by an all-star lineup that will total 13 musicians onstage.

Never-before has the amazing music and dance of Madagascar been presented to the world with a concert event this ambitious...and this imperative.

The Cedar is now air-conditioned for your year-round comfort!

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 2 ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (small fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (fees apply) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • All Cedar shows are all ages.
  • Students with ID may purchase tickets at a discount at the door.


Razia Said
Singer and songwriter Razia Said’s nomadic life has taken her across Africa to France, Italy, Ibiza, Bali and New York City, but despite these wanderings, her heart and soul remains inexorably tethered to Madagascar, the land of her birth. Her musical...
Charles Kely
Sunny songs with irresistible grooves by a virtuoso guitarist from Madagascar; a mix of Malagasy music with bossa, jazz and funk!Born in Madagascar as Jean Charles Razanakoto Kely, Charles Kely is an author, composer and singer, and guitar virtuoso.At 4 years...
Eusèbe Jaojoby, commonly known by his surname Jaojoby, is a composer and singer of salegy, a musical style of northwestern Madagascar. He is considered one of the originators of the salegy style that emerged in the 1970s and has been credited with...

Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota