African divas: they marked us
They are beautiful, talented, they marked the history of African music. Discover these divas who will forever remain legendary icons!
South Africa : Miriam Makeba
Nicknamed Mama Africa, she is a woman who remains a true African legend!
South African ethno-jazz singer and political activist, she was naturalized Guinean in the 1960s, Algerian in 1972, then a French honorary citizen in 1990.
In 1956, she wrote her greatest success, the song Pata, Pata , with which she toured the world (it will for example be covered in French by Sylvie Vartan under the title Tape Tape in 1980).
Miriam will not stop making anti-apartheid speeches and calling for a boycott of South Africa at the United Nations.
She sings in Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Swahili and Arabic ( Ana hourra fi aljazaier during the 1978 African Games in Algiers, Algeria) ...
Congo DRC : Abéti Massikini (1954-1994)
She is a Congolese singer who enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1970s thanks to her very eclectic musical style tinged with various trends such as Congolese rumba, blues, soul, folk, and soukouss. Abéti represents the emancipation of Congolese and African women in the world of song. She was the first woman in her country to establish herself professionally in the Congolese musical world dominated exclusively by men. On June 19, 1974 , Abeti performed at Carnegie Hall in New York , United States and wowed audiences. His career is on the rise. In October 1974, she shared the stage with James Brown (1933-2006), Myriam Makeba (1932-2008), Tabu Ley (1940-2013) and Franco (1937-1989) at the opening show of the famous fight Mohamed Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa.
Ivory Coast : Aicha Koné
Influenced by the South African Miriam Makeba, whom she met during her Guinean exile, and challenged by the mandolins of Nana Mouskouri and the guitars of Enrico Macias with oriental accents which reminds her of Mandingo music, Aicha Koné released her first 45 Denikeleni tours in 1979 is a huge success ...
Togo: Bella Bellow
A great voice of African music of the 60s and 70s Bella Bellow marked legendary venues, including the Olympia in Paris, the Maracaña stadium in Brazil sold out in front of more than 100,000 spectators. Endowed with a natural voice, Bella Bellow knew how to sing at the same time the joy, the love, the sadness. At only 27 years old, the pioneer of modern Togolese song died on December 10, 1973 in an accident.
Mali: Oumou Sangare
She was born in Bamako, Mali in 1969. Although she has a superstar status in her country, Oumou Sangare never forgets where she comes from, nor the virtues of a modest origin. In October 2003 she was appointed Ambassador of the FAO (United Nations Food Organization), a role within the framework of the fight against hunger in the world. She also plays an active role in the Association of Mothers and Children of Mali, which organizes distributions of millet, milk and rice to mothers in need.
She believes in the duty of those born lucky to provide for the needs of the less well off.
Cape Verde: Césario Evora
Nicknamed the "Barefoot Diva" (Diva dos pés descalços) , Césario Evora owes it to his habit of performing barefoot on stage.