Maybe you attended a music show or a concert starring Akon in the last few years, and enjoyed tremendous hits like “Lonely”, “Locked up” or “Ghetto”. The American singer, Senegalese roots, is one of these voices you can recognize very easily amid others: his first solo album, “Trouble”, was released in 2004 and launched his hip-hop career to bring him success far beyond America. “Konvicted” … Continue reading Akon admits his brother played his part for some shows
Rap artist Coolio, who became famous all over the world thanks to the song Gangsta’s Paradisereleased in the middle of the nineties (1995), passed away on September 28 at the age of 59 years old in Los Angeles, California. Found unconscious at a friend’s house while he left for the bathroom, he failed to be reanimated by emergency services. The reason of his death is still … Continue reading Rap artist Coolio is gone
Poetry is a word that sometimes comes to our ears when we think of old time recollections from high school: in those days, our language teachers used to compel us to read poems from the nineteenth century that we would then analyze and comment on in order to get our dearest diploma. Not always a pleasant moment (a little bit complicated for a seventeen or … Continue reading What if we lived in a world of poetry?
The worldwide pandemic made it hard for artists to go on tour and see their fans all over the world over the last two years that we have been living (that we have not been living as well), but things are changing little by little and this is for the biggest happiness of music lovers. Even with a mask (FFP2 or chirurgical, up to you), … Continue reading Yodé & Siro in Paris for a little bit of Ivorian zouglou !
This is a pleasant paradox which is more than welcome in the era of autotune rap: making something new with something from the past. By using old tracks, sonorities and beats from the 90s and beginning of the 2000s, contemporary rap singers of Ivory Coast have been shaking the movement and meeting a large audience at the same time. Two of them, Mosty and Mr … Continue reading Mosty, Mr Luck: Ivorian rap as a reference to the (good) old days
One more artist in heaven. A childhood friend was telling me lately that many, too many rap singers had bid farewell over the last few years. Quite true. Prodigy (2017), Mac Miller (2018), Nipsey Hussle (2019), MF Doom (2020)…The macabre list grew longer this week with the death of Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, at the age of fifty years old in a New York hospital. … Continue reading DMX passes away at the age of fifty
If you go to Abidjan, or any other place in Ivory Coast, you will fall in love with the local gastronomy for sure. Everyone now knows the secrets of alloco and attiéké, with some fish or chicken, as you wish. People are also starting to discover some other dishes like foutou with its sauce: djoumblé, eggplant, kopè…What about some garba? You are more into sweet … Continue reading Who wants a little bit of gnonmi?
Three years ago, the famous musical group P Square was breaking up, due to family tensions that compelled the twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye to stop a successful collaboration which had begun in 2003. That collaboration brought both artists, through their musical style, to pick up awards and distinctions to become one of the greatest afrobeat groups of the continent. The Nigerian singers and … Continue reading A solo album for Mr P?
MF DOOM, also known as Madvillain, Metal Fingers or merely under his civil name Daniel Dumile, is gone. The British rap singer, born in London from a Zimbabwean father and a Trinidadian mother, passed away at the age of forty-nine years old on last October 31st. His wife Jasmine announced his death two months later on her Instagram account, a sullen news for the woman, … Continue reading MF DOOM is gone and will be missed
Alexandra Amon is an award-winning Ivorian actress, writer and producer who is championing the growth of the Ivorian cinema industry on the international stage. In the industry for nearly a decade, she launched her production company ZIV in 2012 with the goal of taking local productions onto the world stage. She gained recognition in 2015 by winning the award for Best TV series with CHRONIQUES … Continue reading Focus on Alexandra Amon, a reference in the new Ivorian movie scene.