Les Amazones d’Afrique to play Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival

The West African feminist musical collective Les Amazones d’Afrique have just announced that they will perform on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. It is the final date to be announced of their forthcoming UK tour in June. The Glastonbury show sees the band share a stage with internationally-renowned headline acts Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Paul McCartney.

Earlier in June, Les Amazones d’Afrique will also perform on the main stage at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, as well as releasing their first live EP (10 June), which was recorded at the launch party of their second album at Real World Studios.

In June, Les Amazones d’Afrique will tour the UK for the first time since 2018, with shows in Glasgow, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and London. During this tour, they will introduce their newest member, the GRAMMY-winning Ivorian singer Dobet Gnahoré.

Dobet Gnahoré. Photo credit: Karen Paulina Biswell.

“I have joined Les Amazones d’Afrique to continue the fight for the emancipation of women in Africa and in the world.” says Dobet. “The fight of Les Amazones d’Afrique is the fight of all women, and especially us female artists. We are visible and have to make the new generation aware of how to make good choices in their lives. I am with Les Amazones because I am an African and my duty is to be there to continue the fight.”

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Nebao (live at Real World Studios)

Les Amazones d’Afrique’s 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 released 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.

2022 UK Tour

18 JUN GLASGOW Dandelion Festival
20 JUN SHEFFIELD Migration Matters Festival
22 JUN LEEDS Howard Assembly Room
23 JUN MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
24 JUN BRISTOL The Jam Jar
25 JUN GLASTONBURY Pyramid Stage
26 JUN LONDON The Jazz Café

Tickets on sale now for all upcoming Les Amazones d’Afrique shows. Live, The digital EP, will be released on all digital platforms on Friday 10 June.

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  • Amazones Power

    Les Amazones d’Afrique

    Released 24 January 2020

    A creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent… Les Amazones d’Afrique are back with Amazones Power, the sequel to their widely acclaimed 2017 debut album, République Amazone.

By Online Editor

Published on Mon, 30 May 22

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