The Pan African muse
Pure Energy and whole expression: adorned with elegant colors, fabrics and stone, surrounded by his musicians-including her husband, guitarist Colin Laroche de Feline, with which she started her career in 1999 – and flanked by its instruments wood and leather, string or strips, the Ivorian Dobet Gnahoré explodes on the scene of his concerts.
She sings, plays and dances unabated, leaving the audience breathless.
In the texts of his feverish songs, sometimes performed with a serious inflection stamp, sometimes with gaits inspired storyteller, Dobet Gnahoré launches its message of redemption of Africa-through work, she said, and a call nagging for the suffering of women stop on the continent.
After Ano Neko (2004), Na Afriki (2007), The Djekpa You (2010), his fourth album, N’dré (published, like the others, by Contre Jour), opens with a prayer, Allah, sung in Bete and Malinke, the two main languages of Côte d’Ivoire, as a sign of hope for a reconciliation is not forthcoming in his country.
“In my formative years in the Village of Ky-Yi Mbock Were Were Liking Abidjan, she says, I learned the arts and the development of my personality, to have beliefs without borders.”
Dobet Gnahoré is the first African artist to win in 2010, a Grammy for the original composition of Palea taken by singer India Arie.
Dobet Gnahore in concert on June 5th in London (England), the Songlines Encounters Festival poster, and atypical Nights Langon (France, 22-29 July).
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