Mina La Voilée

SENEGAL – HIP HOP

A worthy representative of a female hip hop scene that is increasingly asserting itself in Dakar, Mina La Voilée is working on a new project, entitled Ma peau, to denounce the harmful effects of skin whitening, a practice that is still very much in evidence in Senegal and throughout West Africa.

ACCOMPANIER GASPARD SOMMER ( CH )
Singer, pianist, composer and producer, Gaspard Sommer evolves as a free electron in the soul, French song and hip hop scene of Geneva. He is part of the new generation of Swiss artists who are exporting themselves internationally.

Kalam

The only female kunde (one-string guitar) player in Burkina Faso, Kalam has been on her way to emancipation for five years. Formerly a victim of an arranged marriage, she now considers herself “married to music” and always appears in public wearing a mask. In November 2022, she will be one of the few French-speaking artists participating in Access, the leading music fair on the African continent.

ACCOMPANIER ELINA DUNI ( CH )
The Swiss-Albanian singer has long been interested in West African music. Her recent project with Bob Luft shows her determination not to be confined by predefined categories.

The Leila

MAROC – ETHNO ROCK

Born in Oujda, The Leila has been immersed in the various musical traditions of her region – the north-east of Morocco, on the border with Algeria – since she started singing as a teenager. Now based in Casablanca, she has already taken part in some of the most important musical events on the continent (Visa For Music/ Les Journées Musicales de Carthage). She sings in English, Darija and literary Arabic and mixes Moroccan roots and rock in her music.

ACCOMPANIER KWAME YEBOAH ( GB ET GHA )
This Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist and producer, son of a highlife player, has toured and collaborated with Stevie Wonder and Cat Stevens, among others. Recently, he has also helped to revive the international career of his compatriot Pat Thomas

Mighty Popo

RWANDA – SINGER – SONG WRITER

While living in Canada, Mighty Popo led an afro-pop fusion band. A Rwandan born refugee in Burundi, he is a connoisseur of the region’s traditional music. Since he resettled in Rwanda where he created a music school, he has developed a solo musical project where he plays the inanga (traditional East African guitar) between
whispers and blues.

ACCOMPANIER BLICK BASSY ( CA & F )
Blick Bassy is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer. In 2020, he created his own label, Othantiq AA, on which he released the first album of the rapper Ami Yeerewolo, one of the participants of Show-me in 2020.

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