Magazine article New Internationalist

République Amazone

Magazine article New Internationalist

République Amazone

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République Amazone

by Les Amazones d'Afrique (Real World, MOV 012, CD, LP and digital)

Benin's Angélique Kidjo, Mali's Kandia ('La Dangereuse') Kouyaté, Nigeria's Nneka: these are but three of the queens of west African music who crowd into this fundraiser for the Panzi Foundation, a medical charity that supports women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The foundation focuses on treating women who have injuries of gynaecological origin, including those who have suffered FGM and sexual violence. In addition, it's an album that celebrates the concerted voices of an incredible array of African talent, with the well established, such as drummer Mouneïssa Tandina, singer Mamani Keita and Mariam Doumbia (this time without Amadou), joining forces with the lesser known. …

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