Photo credit: Valérie Malot-André Caldas
From West Africa comes Les Amazons d’Afrique, the first all-female supergroup of musicians who have come together to fight violence against women.
Comprised of Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Rokia Koné, Nneka, Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Koné, Mouneïssa Tandina and Pamela Badjogo, Les Amazons d’Afrique is inspired by the legendary warriors of Dahomey.
Their album, République Amazone, is set to release in North America this coming Friday, April 28th, and will be widely available. Prior to the release, pre-orders are available on sites like iTunes where there are three tracks immediately available upon purchase.
The first single from the album “I Play The Kora,” which features Rokia Koné, Mamani Keita, Nneka, Kandia Kouyaté, Mariam Doumbi, and Aminata Danté, is a very important piece. The message of equality is central to this song, with the kora acting as a metaphor since the playing of the instrument was denied to women for years. Profits from the sale of the track will go to The Panzi Foundation, an organization which provides healing support to over 80,000 women, many of whom are victims of sexualized violence.
“Doona (ft. Mamani Keita)” is another single from the album. The Afrobeats on this track blend perfectly with hints of funk and blues. The result is a brilliant composition which speaks volumes about the ideas and inspirations behind the album and the group.
The other single that is now available is “Dombolo (ft. Angélique Kiddo).” The powerful drums on this track bring us to the heart of the group, and the blending of female vocals bring together a message of resilience, unity, and a return to traditional African sounds. Be sure to check out the video for the track which is now available on Youtube.
c. Real World-Laura Ferreira