Singer-songwriter Ondara talks alter ego, pull towards dance

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The musician known as Ondara has died many deaths.

He has shed multiple stage names — Jay Smart, JS Ondara — and departed several homes. In fact, one of his most popular songs is called “Saying Goodbye.” But these days, by realigning his priorities and birthing an alter ego, he says he has drafted a new lease on life.

Ondara was supposed to tour the United States this fall, performing music from his new album, “Spanish Villager: No. 3, ”which was released on September 16. But in August, he postponed all but one of the 24 shows, announcing the need to redesign his show.

“The same voice that called me to the guitar is now calling me to put it down for a moment, and just dance,” he wrote in a statement.

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