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Artist Profiles: Monika Njava

Monika Njava – Photo by Bir Images

Percussionist and vocalist Monika Njava grew up on the island of Madagascar in the southwest port of Morondava.

Celebrated across Madagascar as a national diva, Monika Njava was a lead singer in the award-winning group Njava, recording two critically acclaimed albums for EMI’s Hemispheres label.

She has recorded with best-selling act Deep Forest and continues to tour with the band. In 2012 she released a solo world pop album, Haizina, with musicians from three continents.

Always exploring new musical territory, in 2014 she recorded Island Jazz with bass virtuoso Linley Marthe. Island Jazz mixes traditional Malagasy music and contemporary jazz.

Monika sings in several Malagasy dialects. She draws on folktales and everyday village life for her lyrics. She also addresses contemporary themes affecting her country, such as corruption, environmental devastation, and the empowerment of women.

She is a member of the highly-respected supergroup Toko Telo. Her colleagues are two of Madagascar’s finest musicians: D’Gary and Régis Gizavo.

Discography:

From South Madagascar, with Njava (Sushi Records, 1997)
Vetse , with Njava (EMI Hemisphere, 1999)
Source, with Njava (EMI Hemisphere, 2001)
Haizina ( Anio Records, 2012)
Island Jazz ( Anio Records, 2014)
Toy Raha Toy, with Toko Telo (Anio Records, 2017)
Diavola, with Toko Telo (Anio Records, 2018)

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World Music Institute Unveils Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season

The World Music Institute (WMI) has announced the set of global artists set to perform in New York City during the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season. Selected by new Artistic Director Brian Keigher, WMI’s 2019-2020 Season includes world music artists from 15 cultures including five New York City debuts: Finland’s Kardemimmit, Ethiopia’s Girma Bèyènè with French band Akalé Wubé, Cape Verde’s Lucibela, Madagascar’s Toko Telo, and France’s The Bongo Hop.

New venue partnerships include Chelsea Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and The Sultan Room, with established venues such as Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Littlefield, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Storm King Art Center remaining as program partners.

Clockwise from left: Lucibela (photo: Alex Tome), Saraswati Ranganathan, Gamelan Çudamani (photo: Jorge Viscera), Kardemimmit (photo: Timmy Träskelin), Väsen, KOKOKO!

WMI 2019-20 Fall/Winter Concert Details

Saraswathi Ranganathan
Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2:00 pm
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY

Presented in Collaboration with Storm King Art Center
Free event with museum admission / Limited unreserved seating

Season Launch Party with Mames Babegenush & Slavic Soul Party
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:00 pm
Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with Mercury Lounge

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Girma Beyene & Akalé Wubé
Ethiopian New Year Celebration
Thursday, September 12, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35
Day of Show | $40 VIP seating
Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating

Lucibela
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Toko Telo
Friday, September 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35. Advance | $40 Day of Show
Standing room with limited reserved seating

Purbayan Chatterjee & Ojas Adhiya
Sunday, September 22, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $25 | $35

Väsen & Kardemimmit
Thursday, September 26, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Littlefield
635 Sackett St, Brooklyn

Standing room with reserved VIP seating and limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $35 Advance | $40 Day of Show | $45 VIP Front Row Seats

KOKOKO!
Friday, October 4, 2019, Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Presented in collaboration with (le) poisson rouge

Standing room with limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show

Gamelan Çudamani
Sunday, October 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $30 | $40 | $45

Julie Fowlis
Thursday, October 10, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St, Manhattan

Presented with Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $30 | $40

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project
Sunday, October 13, 2019, Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Tickets: $35 | $45 | $55 | $75 VIP – VIP ticket includes post-concert meet and greet with the performers (limited availability)

Nella
Sunday, October 20, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan

Tickets: $25 First 100 tickets | $30 Advance | $35 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

The Bongo Hop
Friday, November 1, 2019. Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Chelsea Music Hall
407 W 15th St., Manhattan

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
Standing room with limited unreserved seating

Ani Cordero
Friday, December 6, 2019, Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
The Sultan Room
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn

Tickets: $20 Advance. $25 Day of Show

More information at www.worldmusicinstitute.org

headline photo: Toko Telo by Studio Smilebox

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Toko Telo at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2017

Toy Raha Toy, the debut recording by Malagasy superband Toko Telo is the number one album in the Transglobal World Music Chart for August 2017. The trio includes guitarist and vocalist D’Gary, vocalist and percussionist Monika Njava and accordionist and vocalist Régis Gizavo.

This was Règis Gizavo’s final album. He died on July 16, 2017.

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Sublime Toy Raha Toy

Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy

Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio Records, 2017)

Toko Telo is a world music supergroup that brings together three of the finest and best-known Malagasy artists. The lineup includes guitar virtuoso and vocalist D’Gary (Ernest Randrianasolo), vocalist and percussionist Monika Njava voice & percussion; and accordionist and vocalist Régis Gizavo.

The trio delivers masterful performances showcasing their talent in a set of original songs by D’Gary, Régis Gizavo and other songwriters. You’ll find fiery guitar and accordion pieces, along with beautiful laid back songs.

Sadly, Règis Gizavo died on July 16, 2017. Toko Telo have decided to continue to perform in his honor.

Toy Raha Toy is an impeccable album representing music rooted in the traditions of southern Madagascar, performed by three world class musicians.

 

 

Buy the Toy Raha Toy CD or the MP3 download.

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