(Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bamako)
Nahawa Doumbia is one of the most popular singers of the Wassoulou region in South Mali. She speaks to the younger generation of West Africa through her lyrics about love, the position of women in society, and the situation of African refugees in France. Her voice soars to Didadi, a dance rhythm from her native area.
Awesome Tapes From Africa the label began in 2011 with a release by Nahawa Doumbia, the third part of a series of her very early recordings. The label was lucky for the chance to work with such a major voice, who is already established internationally. Known throughout the land as a Wassoulou singer of remarkable strength and creativity, Doumbia hasn't stopped playing shows in Mali and has returned Europe twice in recent years.
To shorten the waiting time for the Malian diva's long expected new album, Awesome Tapes droped another masterpiece in September 2019 by releasing Doumbia's debut album „La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 1“, which originally came out in 1981. Sparsely orchestrated with acoustic guitar and vocals, it is full of youthful power and imagination, and deeply rooted in the Wassoulou tradition.
To celebrate this, we are planning a few, handpicked duo shows in the release's original line up of Nahawa and guitarist N'Gou Bagayoko. We are looking for intimate, seated venues, cafés, theatres, to guarantee a focused audience open to witness the full magic of Nahawa's performance.
available for duo concerts: late January / early February 2020