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Summon the Amazones Power

Les Amazones d’Afrique start 2020 strong

Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent.

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They were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keita, Oumou Sangare and Mariam Doumbia. Since then, the collective has since expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.

While their cause — campaigning for gender equality and eradicating ancestral violence — is worthy enough in itself, their musical creative expression is equally powerful. Richly melodic and far-ranging, it blends pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (Liam Farrell).

Their debut album Republique Amazone featured guest contributions from the likes of Angelique Kidjo and Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka, and caught the attention of President Obama, who included one of the songs in his 20 favourite tracks of 2017.

In 2020, they release their follow-up album Amazones Power, on which familiar voices like Mamani Keita and Rokia Kone appear alongside a younger generation of singers who represent the exciting new sound of modern Africa.

Track List

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  1. Heavy
  2. Love
  3. Smile
  4. Queens
  5. Smooth
  6. Dreams
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Red
  9. Rebels
  10. Dogon
  11. Fights
  12. Sisters
  13. Power
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