The Rising African Star Brings her Riveting Performance to Festival and Club Stages this Spring
"If there's any justice in this world, she's going to be very, very famous." - The Chicago Tribune
FEBUARY 2009 – The African diva Dobet Gnahoré returns to the US and Canada in April and May for a tour of select festivals and concert venues. One of today's most talked-about young African artists, Dobet Gnahoré's energetic dance moves and powerful vocals have earned her comparisons to African music icons Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama and Miriam Makeba.
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. Since then, Dobet has toured North America regularly, earning astounded new fans wherever she performs. Dobet's latest album, Na Afriki (My Africa) was released on the Cumbancha label in June 2007 to great acclaim.
"If sweetness and light is all you seek in your Pan-African musical dish, don't bother sound-checking Dobet Gnahoré or her new CD, Na Afriki. But if you crave emotional breadth and unfettered soul, fierceness leavened with tenderness, angry sociopolitical rants balanced with gentle heartstring pulls, then sup from Gnahoré's potent sonic stew. Brought up in an artists' community in Ivory Coast, she not only packs a multilingual vocal wallop (seven African languages and counting) but can bust some serious warrior-princess moves. Still in her 20s, a new contender on the African diasporic scene, Gnahoré's got game. " - Los Angeles Weekly
"Dobet Gnahoré's performance was world-class all the way, showcasing a phenomenal voice, compelling modern-traditional music blends, captivating personality and presence, and dance moves [Justin] Timberlake could not even imagine, let alone execute." - AOL Spinner
"If Gnahore, who's from the Ivory Coast, had done nothing more than wrap that voluptuous, supple, nimble, octaves-leaping voice of hers around her listeners' ears, she would have earned the cheers and standing ovations that greeted her work. But she also moved like a dream, expressing the undulating rhythms and buoyant melody lines of her pan-African source material with extraordinary physical grace and poetry. Add to that the startling emotional range of her music -- which spans plaintive laments to ebullient dance pieces -- and you have a performer who is practically a theater piece unto herself." - The Chicago Tribune