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RFI-France 24 Discoveries Award 2012

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RFI Discoveries Award helped launch many artists who have since reached an international audience: Belo (Haiti), Didier Awadi (Senegal), mikea (Madagascar), Mounira Mitchala (Chad) Rokia Traoré (Mali), Sally Nyolo (Cameroon) Cheka (Cape Verde), Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast) ... RFI-France 24 Discoveries Award is organized in partnership with the SACEM, the Institut français and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. 10 finalists were selected and are presented here.
Staff Benda Bilili get even better
Congolese music

Staff Benda Bilili get even better

It took a film, a CD and some non-stop touring to establish Staff Benda Bilili on the international scene. Now the Kinshasa street musicians are back with the refreshingly optimistic Bouger le Monde, an album fuelled by their globetrotting adventures.

Cheb Aïssa’s gipsy raï formula
World music

Cheb Aïssa’s gipsy raï formula

Cheb Aïssa, the Algerian singer, opens up new raï prospects with the album Baraka, joining forces with Chico, an emblematic figure of gipsy music from the era of the Gipsy Kings. A highly energised union.

Zouk or Manding, Sékouba Bambino provides a choice
African music

Zouk or Manding, Sékouba Bambino provides a choice

In this Olympic year, the gold medal for the big musical divide incontestably goes to Sékouba Bambino, whose albums Innovation and Diatiguyw have taken him on a journey of opposites, which is inherently logical given his double stature as a successful pop singer and griot.

Poly-Rythmo band hits the North American road
Tour

Poly-Rythmo band hits the North American road

For years, Benin harboured hidden treasure and one of the richest record outputs on the continent, yet it wasn’t until 2009 that Poly-Rythmo left Africa for the first time. Back on the road to play twenty dates round the world, the legendary band made their maiden tour of North America (Canada and the United States) from 2 to 22 July. Tales of a tour.

Saint Louis, Senegal and New Orleans, mirror cities
Event

Saint Louis, Senegal and New Orleans, mirror cities

Saint-Louis du Sénégal, La Nouvelle-Orléans: deux villes en miroir is the title of the symposium organized by EHESS (France), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) and Tulane University (USA) with RFI, which brought together around thirty historians and anthropologists in Saint Louis, Senegal from 4 to 7 June. Music is central to the culture of both cities and a key expression of their mutual cultural influence, both real and imaginary, and so musicians from Louisiana and Senegal were invited to contribute to the event.

Rokia Traoré’s London hat trick
Malian music

Rokia Traoré’s London hat trick

In the run-up to the Olympic games in the British capital, Malian singer Rokia Traoré is set to feature at the Barbican Centre for three nights performing creations specially devised for the event. RFI Musique met up with the singer.

Daby Touré’s soothing sound
World music

Daby Touré’s soothing sound

Straddling pop, French easy listening and world music, Daby Touré’s songs are a soothing balm for the soul. Lang(u)age is an intimate musical rendition of personal memories and multiple identities.

Mory Kante, in search of innovation
Guinean Music

Mory Kante, in search of innovation

Mory Kanté, who is in his sixties, has created an album filled with empathy for his fellow-countrywomen in his latest release, La Guinéenne. In 1987, he showcased his ability with Yeke Yeke, the album where he made his indisputable mark on African music. An interview.

Djeli Moussa Condé, Parisian griot
Guinean Music

Djeli Moussa Condé, Parisian griot

When the Guinean Djeli Moussa Condé moved to Paris he set up home in Ménilmontant. In the heart of this working-class neighbourhood, the kora player dreamed up a world-style album with the help of percussionist, arranger and producer Vincent Lassalle.

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