AYỌ, June 5, 2021
SONA JOBARTEH, June 5, 2021
FUNKINDUSTRY, June 5, 2021
TIKEN JAH FAKOLY, June 6, 2021
FATOUMATA DIAWARA, June 6, 2021
MEIWAY, June 6, 2021
The great African stage in music
For the past years we have been working towards raising the visibility of arts emerging from the African subcontinent and in doing so, have presented high quality professional artists of African origin in the UK and in France. Since 2003, ‘L’Afrique’ has established itself in the calendar of the cultural events.
It has built up a remarkable record of attracting major names of African music. Many of the greatest names in world music have played on L’Afrique Festival stages.
Among them are Amadou and Mariam (Mali), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Late Manu Dibango / Petit Pays (Cameroon), Late Mory Kanté (Guinea), Rokia Traoré / Vieux Farka (Mali), Mighty Zulu Nation / Late Luky Dube (South Africa), Awilo / Werasson (DRC), Dobet Gnahoré / Magic System / Alpha Blondy / Meiway (Ivory Coast), Ty / Tony Allen / Seun Kuti (Nigeria), Souad Massi (Algeria), Mayra Andrade (Cape – Verde) and many others.
MEET THEM AT AFRICA FESTIVAL 2021
For more than ten years, Ayo has been following folk-soul hits with a precious touch of freshness. She is an artist unanimously recognized for her generosity in concerts. Very often, she does not hesitate to leave the stage to sing in the middle of her audience. It must be said that since her much noticed debut in 2006 with the album “Joyful” and the heady hit “Down on my knees”, the German folk-soul artist achieves success after success with great sincerity. Ayo prepares her comeback in early 2020 with a new album and tour !
Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album FENFO.
Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it’s a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.
The Malian artist has been praised for her distinctive, melodic voice and ability to harmonise Pan-African folk and traditional instrumentals with soul, R&B and funk.
With two albums to date, Fatoumata has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary music including, Bobby Womack, Paul McCartney and Herbie Hancock.
Sona Jobarteh is the first professional female Kora virtuoso to come from one of the West African Griot dynasties. Her lineage carries a formidable reputation for renowned Kora masters, most notable amongst these are her grandfather Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and her cousin, the legendary Toumani Diabaté.
Sona is reputed for her skill as an instrumentalist, her distinctive voice, infectious melodies and her grace onstage, and she has rapidly achieved international success as a top class performer.
Tiken Jah Fakoly
A genuine standard-bearer for Africa’s youth for whom he upholds the thirst for freedom and change, this hero of modern reggae is also the spokesperson for a whole continent. The titles of his albums over the years are evidence of his social conscience, and struggle has forever permeated the lines of his music: words as weapons, albums as firebrands. Born in Ivory Coast, he discovered music at a very young age. Tiken Jah Fakoly established himself in his native country before embarking on an international career that has enabled him to work with some of the world’s greatest artists (Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Zebda, Steel Pulse, Bernard Lavilliers, Akon, etc.). Over ten albums, he has put together a wild and untamed back catalogue, a subtle blend of arrogance and music peppered with powerful statements about international politics.
Funkindustry draws its energy on the mix and the variety of the Afro-American music of the 20th century. Combining with flavor the raw gimmicks of Funk with the smooth melodies of Soul and the sensuality of Acid-Jazz music. Funkindustry only got one guideline : groove.
Mr. Zoblazo! The Genius of Bassam! Meiway is the king of African dance floors and with his zoblazo, a rhythm from the South of Côte d’Ivoire, he has created a style that he declines throughout his career. From 200% to 800% zoblazo, almost fifteen years have passed, but Meiway is eternal.