Vieux Farka Toure
Grammy-winning songstress from the Côte d'Ivoire
Tuesday 16th October 2018, 7.30pm
The HUBS, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Click below to hear Issa from Dobet's second album
Na Afriki (2010)
Click below to hear Djoli from Dobet's most recent album MIZIKI
Click below to hear Dobet's GRAMMY award-winning song Palea
Africa has its internationally acclaimed female voices and the voice of Dobet Gnahoré has made its mark there. With her fifth album “MIZIKI”, the voice of the multi-talented Ivorian singer resonates African sounds mixed with samples of electronic music, a subtle blend revealing a musical style which echoes her own character – freedom.
She was born far from the city and at the age of six in Abidjan she once again met her father, a recognised master percussionist who had helped set up the village of Ki Yi M’bock where he then lived. “A place of a Utopian experiment, we work from five in the morning, studying music, dance and theatre, everything needed to become a complete artist. People of all nationalities meet there and African stars come to breathe and emulate its atmosphere: Ray Lema, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita and Lokua Kanza are frequent visitors.”
Dobet soon realised that here was where she would learn about life. She attended school in that unique place and learned through working and watching, developing a musical style deeply rooted in the native sounds and traditions of her people. Her meeting with the guitarist Colin Laroche de Féline did the rest, leading her to singing and taking her to France in 1999.
In 2010, through the voice of India Arie who changed her song “Palea” to “Pearls”, she won a Grammy Award. In the same year, the Guardian newspaper described her performance as “the WOMAD festival’s best act”.
It took four years to compose “MIZIKI”, probably her boldest, most personal and successful album and one which pays homage to the two principal causes she supports: a rich, generous and unified Africa and the strength of African women. Songwriter, composer and performer, Dobet entrusted the production of “MIZIKI” to Nicolas Repac. This album is the result of the fusion of their two identities: Dobet loves the music of Africa (Yemi Alade, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie … the list is a long one) but is equally enthusiastic about Björk or Christine and the Queens … a fact which Nicolas Repac clearly took on board. Faithful to the languages of Africa – Côte d’Ivoire has 72 dialects – for this album – possibly her best yet - she concentrates on Bété, her mother tongue.
We are also delighted to welcome back author, writer and photographer, Andy Morgan to host this unique evening. Andy brings a real depth of knowledge and passion for the music of West Africa and has hosted several of the most revered TalkingGigs events over the past 4 years. In the first half of the gig, Andy will explore with Dobet something about Côte d’Ivoire, her background and her music, illustrated by some key songs. The second half will feature a full set of her astonishing music with her full band.