The first all-female supergroup of West Africa, the collective Les Amazones d’Afrique brings together musicians fighting violence against women. Whether they are undisputed stars or well-kept secrets, the musicians involved in this project are all among the most acclaimed voices in West African music:
+ Nneka, Angélique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia as special guests.
The collective elegantly mixes generations and energies and perpetuates the Mandingo tradition by giving it the power of African megacities.
An «All-Star» you might think. Yes, but not only that. Inspired by the formidable and mysterious warriors of Dahomey, the greatest Malian singers and musicians of the moment come together to fight against violence towards women.
Featuring Rokia Koné, Mamani Keita, Nneka, Kandia Kouyaté, Mariam Doumbia, Aminata Danté, “I Play The Kora”, the first single of the album, is the symbol of the struggle of les Amazones d’Afrique. Its message, in bringing together women singing about why they should “rise up and fight injustice because we’re all equal”, was immediately powerful. The kora, a harp-like instrument native to west Africa, works as a metaphor. Playing the kora was denied to women for years; only men were allowed the prestige.
In order to complete their action, « Les Amazones d’Afrique » have decided to associate to the people fighting everyday on the field. Along their tour, they decide to stand as musical ambassadors representing the action lead through the Panzi’s foundation in East congo.
Profits from the sale of the track ‘I Play The Kora’ will be donated to The Panzi Foundation, led by Doctor Mukwege in Bukavu (DRC), which has provided healing support to more than 80,000 women, nearly 50,000 of whom are victims of sexualised violence.
Les Amazones d’Afrique have started a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the work of The Panzi Foundation, donate through: www.generosity.com