Monday 20 June 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6 Leadmill Road
LES AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE
Price£13 / £9 / FREE
Part of Migration Matters Festival
A creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent.
Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent. They were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia, and the collective has since expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.
While their cause — campaigning for gender equality and eradicating ancestral violence — is worthy enough in itself, their musical creative expression is equally powerful. Richly melodic and far-ranging, it blends pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell).
Current members include Mamani Keïta (Mali), Fafa Ruffino (Benin), Kandy Guira (Burkina Faso) and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast).
Our support for the evening is Mim Suleiman
The Zanzibar born singer / songwriter /performer/ composer / teacher and storyteller is undoubtedly a one-woman stick of dynamite. She has made quite a name for herself on stages around the world with her mixture of East African vocals and percussive traditions.