Charles Kley

“Brilliant’ is the only word that can describe the guitar work of the amazing Charles Kely from Madagascar. His finger work rivaled that of the great flamenco players while his melody lines and feeling revealed what is enduring in African music. Nuit d’Afrique has launched many a career and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of a boost than Kely, the perfect synthesis of Africa and jazz.” Robert J. Lewis ARTS & OPINION – Montréal Canada


a recording of Ho Any An-tanana in New York for Congahead

July 2012
Charles Kely on tour in the USA with Razia and Joajoby for the Wake up Madagascar tour 
7/13/12: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
7/14/12: La Fête de Marquette, Madison, WI
7/15/12: Martyr's, Chicago, IL
7/17/12: Lula Lounge, Toronto, ON
7/18/12: Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal, OC
7/19/12: Johnny D's, Somerville, MA
7/20/12: Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
7/21/12: Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
7/24/12: Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA
7/26/12: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA


October 2011: Charles in concert in Madagascar! 


August 26, 2011 : The song Ho Any An-Tanana from the album Zoma Zoma is in Worldmix radio's playlist in New York !!!

RFI Music writes about Charles Kely: "The guitarist and singer Charles Kely, formerly with Rajery, has freed up some of the shackles fettering Malagasy music..." Read full article here


Author, composer and singer, Charles Kely ("little Charles" in Malagasy) is a guitar virtuose born in Madagascar. After playing for Rajery, Tony Rabeson, Mounira Mitchala, Razia Said... he has created the open gasy style: an acoustic music from Madagascar, open to the world, with a touch of bossa, jazz, blues, salsa...


and here an excerpt of the concerts at Le Zèbre in Paris on May 19 & 20


"Zoma Zoma" his new album is a musical journey through the Indian Ocean, South America and Africa.

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