Amazones Power

Les Amazones d’Afrique

Released 03 May 2019

  1. Amazones Power

Liner notes

The all-female collective of West African musicians made a huge impact with their 2017 debut album, République Amazone. Singing out against gender inequality, Les Amazones d’Afrique believe that music has the potential to be a weapon against the systematic disempowerment of women across Africa and beyond.

Les Amazones d’Afrique in 2019 features some new faces, but the message remains loud and clear: Violence against women must stop. Women must be able to realise their potential and not be held back by the dominant patriarchy.

‘Amazones Power’ tackles these issues head on. “Never again, silence, violence. I want to live and to be free.

Three generations of women sing out in unison, calling for a future without the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence, lack of education and forced marriage. Women should be able to express their anger. Things must change.

Les Amazones d’Afrique recognise the need for women to support and respect their fellow women. The majority of FGM is carried out by women to young girls— not because they wish to inflict cruelty upon the younger generation, but because they feel duty bound to uphold the cultural traditions. Girls and women who avoid “the cut” —choosing instead to pursue education— will face immense pressure from fellow women, and will be seen as a bad example; a woman who has shown disrespect for her family and community.


Further Listening

  • République Amazone

    Les Amazones d’Afrique

    Released 10 March 2017

    Les Amazones d'Afrique are an all-female collective of west African musicians campaigning for gender equality. They have been described as a supergroup, and the characterisation seems apt. Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné hold a strong pedigree.
  • Gifted: Women of the World

    Various Artists

    Released 09 October 2000

    This album brings together nine extraordinary female singers from around the globe to celebrate and explore the themes of women’s experience – from the contemporary day-to-day to that of the all-powerful goddess. From different cultures, in different languages and with their own individual spirituality and sensuality, these singers have each created a unique and beautiful statement.

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