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Friday 24th June 2022

The Jam Jar Presents: Les Amazones d'Afrique

— The Jam Jar
A new sound and message from Africa
price: Headfirst Tickets


“SELL OUT WARNING: Pan-afropop supergroup fusing elements of hip-hop and funk with lyrical empowerment shouting down FGM and gender inequality. Highly tipped by Barack Obama too!”
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The Jam Jar is honoured to welcome to the stage:

Les Amazones d'Afrique
Friday 24th June
The Jam Jar, Bristol
Doors: 8pm
Age: 18+

Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent. They were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia, and the collective has since expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.

While their cause — campaigning for gender equality and eradicating ancestral violence — is worthy enough in itself, their musical creative expression is equally powerful. Richly melodic and far-ranging, it blends pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell).

Their debut album République Amazone featured guest contributions from the likes of Angélique Kidjo and Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka, and caught the attention of President Obama, who included one of the songs in his 20 favourite tracks of 2017. In 2020, they release their follow-up album Amazones Power, on which familiar voices like Mamani Keïta and Rokia Koné appear alongside a younger generation of singers who represent the exciting new sound of modern Africa.

Featuring in the live show are Mamani Keïta (Mali), Fafa Ruffino (Benin), Kandy Guira (Burkina Faso) and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast).

Artist Videos:

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Timbuktu (live at Real World Studios)
(UK TV debut) Supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique perform Doona on Later... with Jools
Les Amazones d'Afrique - Dombolo (feat. Angélique Kidjo)

Artist Audio:

Les Amazones d'Afrique
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