Les Amazones d'Afrique
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|Les Amazones d'Afrique|
|Origin||Mali, Benin, Gabon, Nigeria|
|Associated acts||Angélique Kidjo, Nneka, Amadou & Mariam|
Les Amazones d'Afrique is a contemporary world music supergroup formed in Mali in 2015 featuring Kandia Kouyaté, Angélique Kidjo, Mamani Keita, Rokia Koné, Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam), Nneka, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Madina N'Diaye, Madiaré Dramé, Mouneissa Tandina and Pamela Badjogo.
Les Amazones d'Afrique performed their first concert at Fiesta des Suds in Marseilles in October 2015. The first track they released was "I Play The Kora", a track that goes well beyond the often-reductive term of "world music". Its message is to encourage women coming together to sing about why they should "rise up and fight injustice because we're all equal", and profits from the sale of the track are 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. 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.
- République Amazone (2017)