Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The Rising African Star Brings her Riveting Stage Performance to Summer Festivals and Clubs
"If there's any justice in this world, she's going to be very, very famous." — The Chicago Tribune
June 2008 — When Dobet Gnahoré told her father at the age of 12 that she was going to drop out of school and dedicate her life to music and dance, it was with the same passion and forcefulness that she brings to worldwide stages today. This summer the African diva returns to the US and Canada for a tour of select festivals and concert venues. One of today's most talked—about young African artists, Dobet GnahorÃ©'s energetic dance moves and powerful vocals have earned her comparisons to African music icons Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama and Miriam Makeba.
Dobet Gnahoré grew up in one of Africa's most unique artist enclaves. Village Ki-Yi M'Bock, located in the Ivory Coast, is home to over fifty resident artists of diverse traditions, ages, and origins, including dancers, actors, puppeteers, sculptors, painters, costume designers, and musicians, and has played an important role in the African arts scene. There, African artists with a multitude of ethnic backgrounds collaborate freely, united in their commitment to creating uniquely African artistic expressions. Dobet's father was a co—founder of the community and from a young age she was trained in a multi—faceted approach to music and performance where dance, percussion, song, poetry, and theater are intertwined. On this solid artistic base she is now bringing her music to audiences worldwide.
Dobet earned a Newcomer of the Year nomination from the BBC World Music Awards in 2006. Later that year, Dobet took part in the Putumayo Acoustic Africa tour, sharing the stage with Malian guitarist Habib Koité and South African troubadour Vusi Mahlasela. Dobet's amazing performance stole the show and demonstrated that she was a star in the making. The Boston Globe raved,
"One of the new—generation African artists who are rewriting the rules about respecting musical tradition, the charismatic Gnahoré was as much cultural ambassador as scintillating performer." Her latest album, Na Afriki (My Africa) was released on the Cumbancha label last year. Since it's release, the album has received widespread accolades, and held the number one spot on both US and Canadian college radio charts for over three weeks.
Dobet's songs address social and political issues in Africa: the struggles of women in African society, the exploitation of children, and the impact of greed and violence on the family. Dobet calls upon Africa to seek solutions from within and draw upon its own vast resources to create a better future. She sings of love and loss, as well as joy and celebration, using a wide variety of rhythms and styles that reflect her pan—African approach.
2008 North American Summer Tour Dates
07.04 Victoria Park, ON Sunfest
07.05 Victoria Park, ON Sunfest
07.06 Toronto, ON Queen's Park
07.08 Montreal, QC Kola Note
07.10 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.11 Madison, WI La Fete de Maruqette
07.12 Bloomington, IN Buskirk Chumley Theatre
07.13 Chicago, IL Chicago Folk & Roots Festival
07.15 Seattle, WA Dimitrious Jazz Alley
07.16 Seattle, WA Dimitirious Jazz Alley
07.17 Oakland, CA Yoshi's
07.19 Grass Valley, CA California WorldFest
07.20 Grass Valley, CA California WorldFest
For materials, to schedule interviews with Dobet Gnahoré, or more information please contact:
Simeon Chapin at 802.425.2118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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