The 2nd album from collaborative project Les Amazones D'Afrique. 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 2017 debut album "République Amazone" featured guest contributons from the likes of Angelique Kidjo and Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka and caught the attention of Barack Obama, who included one of the tracks in his favourite songs of 2017 list.
1. Heavy (Niariu, Boy-Fall, Jon Grace)
2. Love (Mamani Keita)
3. Smile (Niariu & Ami Yerewolo)
4. Queens (Rokia Koné)
5. Smooth (Mamani Keita)
6. Dreams (Rokia Koné)
7. Timbuktu (Mamani Keita & Amadou Dembélé)
8. Red (Rokia Koné)
9. Rebels (Nacera Ouali Mesbah)
10. Dogon (Mamani Keita & Amadou Dembélé)
11. Fights (Fafa Ruffino)
12. Sisters (Kandy Guira)