Les Amazones d'Afrique are an all-female collective of west African musicians, campaigning for gender equality. They have been described as a supergroup, and the characterisation seems apt. Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné hold a strong pedigree, and it's a rare opportunity to witness such a collaboration; the real sound of contemporary Africa.
République Amazone is the sound of the diaspora of African music returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time. As much at home on the dancefloors of east London, or as part of an Awesome Tapes from Africa festival set in Croatia, as it would be ringing out of a cement brick house in Bamako, it showcases the sparkling range and versatility of its songstresses.




Running on funk and blues with dabs of dub; ancient rhythms blending seamlessly with their western appropriated cousins, Les Amazones d'Afrique sound like an aural actuation of the new melting pot cities of the African continent. Tracks on their album, République Amazone, are sung intermittently in English, French, Bambara and Fon. At times, it's almost as if we are swirling about in several decades simultaneously: filthy backwards or wah wah guitars, distorted thumb piano, dreamy, jazzy chords and soulful singing over a pneumatic beat give way to the kind of Afrobeat best heard as the dawn rises in a muddy field in Europe during festival season. Liam Farrell, who has worked with Afro-pop king Tony Allen and Mbongwana Star, had a firm hand in leading the edgy, industrial feel to the production.
Wedding features dirty shards of Malian blues guitar over insistent, clipping percussion and trippy chords. On Nneka's song La Dame et Ses Valises we eavesdrop on an internal conversation which could be about love, or could be a woman giving herself the best advice: 'Woman, don't you know you are a queen?' Her history is not her destiny. On tracks like Kounani it sometimes feels as if the sounds and arrangements have sneaked into the mid-Atlantic to dance with the Tropicalia of Brazil, enjoying a shared delight in scraping, clanging percussion, off kilter melodies that blossom, moment to moment into beautiful cadence.

Profits from the sale of the track I Play The Kora - the first track to be revealed from the project - 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 survivors of sexualised violence. Les Amazones d'Afrique have started a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the work of Panzi Foundation. Click here to donate.






1 Dombolo (feat. Angélique Kidjo)

2 Mansa Soyari (feat. Rokia Koné)

3 Doona (feat. Mamani Keita)

4 La Dame et Ses Valises (feat. Nneka)

5 Nebao (feat. Mamani Keita)

6 Deep In Love (feat. Rokia Koné, Massan Coulibaly)

7 Anisokoma (feat. Rokia Koné, Kandia Kouyaté)

8 Wedding (feat. Madiaré Dramé)

9 Kounani (feat. Madina N'Diaye)

10 Full Moon (feat. Rokia Koné, Mamani Keita)

11 I Play The Kora (feat. Rokia Koné, Mamani Keita, Nneka, Kandia Kouyaté, Mariam Doumbia)

12 vDesert Storm (feat. Kandia Kouyaté, Rokia Koné)

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Creo que sería labor de los Ministerios de Cultura de cada país difundir la cultura musical y facilitar su acceso sin cortapisas.
Naturalmente queda a criterio de cada cual que, una vez escuchado, pueda adquirirlo en su tienda habitual, supuesto válido sólo para un reducido número de discos, ya que muchos de ellos no están en los circuitos comerciales convencionales y acceder a su compra en algunos casos será harto difícil cuando no imposible.
En esta página no hay finalidad económica alguna. Única y exclusivamente el deseo de ayudar a que disfrutes con algo tan maravilloso como es la música.
Mi gratitud a los autores que nos hacen disfrutar de sus creaciones y también a todos aquellos que permiten que llegue a nosotros, facilitando que podamos ampliar nuestra cultura y sensibilidad, constituyendose así en un extraordinario regalo.

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