Preview: Les Amazones d’Afrique @ The Jazz Cafe (London; Wednesday 29th January 2020)
Les Amazones d’Afrique was created by absolute powerhouses of African music: OmouSangaré, MariamDoumbia (of Amadou & Mariam), and MamaniKeïta (known for backing singing with SalifKeita, and many solo albums). The female trio combined their influence and dynamic skills to become patrons to the idea of speaking the international voice for women and girls, to challenge the position of women in their cultures and the position of women in music.
They used their voices for causes – each song campaigning for gender equality, the eradication of ancestral violence, and often speaking out about un-previously addressed social and political issues surrounding gender.
Since the collective’s inception in 2014, the band has opened its gates to collaborations -expanding to include many female voices of power from all across the African diaspora. Keeping it strictly afro-female sentiments and keeping the message local and active.
Nearing the end of January, they play this debut London show in the Jazz Cafe. Ever evolving and ever-adapting to contemporary music, and movements, catching this show will surely be a powerful and potent mural message to remember.
République Amazone, is a work, crafted by a supergroup of ten divas of African music – Les Amazones d’Afrique, the most well known of them being Beninese international superstar Angelique Kidjo. The album, lively from beginning to end, is primarily concerned with melding rhythm, elegance, and a message against the…