Vieux Farka Toure

Dobet Gnahoré

Grammy-winning songstress from the Côte d'Ivoire

Tuesday 16th October 2018, 7.30pm

The HUBS, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield


Africa has its internationally acclaimed female voices and the voice of Dobet Gnahoré has made its mark there. 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.”

Sheffield and TalkingGigs welcomed Dobet to their hearts for an astonishing gig on a cold October night. We were enthralled in the first half of music and conversation with Andy Morgan ... and totally blown away in a second half of uproarious music, dance and theatre.  No more words, just a few pictures ... 

All photographs - joannaritchiephotography