This week Knockengorroch shines it’s spotlight on Les Amazones d’Afrique.
The all-female supergroup from West Africa have built themselves around a central cause and idea, to stop violence against women not only in the African continent but also in the rest of the world. Aligning themselves with the Dahomey Amazons, women warriors who protected West African borders 200 years ago in what is now the Republic of Bernin and the first-all female pop music group in Guinea, Les Amazones de Guinée.
Their recent release République Amazone blends ancient rhythms seamlessly over funk and blues with elements of dub. The album recieved plaudits across the board, featuring in the Guardians “50 best albums of 2017”, The York Times “Best Songs of 2017” and Barak Obama’s “Favourite Songs of 2017”.
Tracks are sang intermittently in English, French and Mandinka, and tackle love, oppression and female empowerment. Republique Amazone is the sound of the African diaspora returning home, a reclaiming outside of genre and time. Les Amazones d’Afrique as an outfit slot into a long tradition of west African female empowerment and extends beyond music.
Not to be missed this year at Knockengorroch 2018.