Dobet Gnahore

Decades: 2000s


1983, Côte D’Ivoire. Raised amid the musical traditions of the Bété people of Côte D’Ivoire, Gnahoré was especially influenced by her father, Boni Gnahoré, a noted West African performing artist. She worked with the Pan African Ki-Yi Mbock Company, located at an artist’s village near the nation’s capital, Abidjan. There she studied singing and percussion as well as drama and dance. Languages used in the region draw from many parts of the African continent and include dida, guéré, wolof, malinké, xosha, fon and lingala. Awareness of these forms and her ability to sing in them helped Gnahoré establish a reputation in West Africa. She then spread awareness of her talent to Europe, including playing in the Netherlands as well as Liverpool, England, Geneva, Switzerland, and Osnabrueck, Germany, before visiting the USA as part of the 2006 Putumayo Acoustic Africa touring package with...

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