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JazzWomenAfrica

L'UNESCO célèbre les femmes du jazz en Afrique avec un concert le 30 avril, qui sera diffusé en ligne.
group of 7 women musicians from Africa performing together

À l'occasion de cette 11e édition de la Journée internationale du jazz, l'UNESCO s'associe à Anya Music (Maroc) pour produire la deuxième édition du concert JazzWomenAfrica, avec le soutien financier de la Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO, du Bureau marocain du droit d'auteur (BMDA) et de la Fondation Hiba. En partenariat avec l'Union européenne de radio-télévision (UER), le concert sera distribué par ses membres et sera promu par ses unions de radiodiffusion sœurs en Afrique et dans d'autres régions du monde.

Des extraits de JazzWomenAfrica seront diffusés le 30 avril 2022 lors du concert mondial All-Stars produit par le Herbie Hancock Institut de Jazz.

It is this power of jazz, against racism, and more generally against all forms of discrimination, that is needed more than ever. So that it can play its role, in particular, for gender equality.

Le Concert (30 avril, 21h CET)

Ce concert unique est le résultat d'une résidence organisée par Anya Music qui a rassemblé des femmes du jazz de toute l'Afrique, notamment : Abigail Narkie Teye (percussionniste, Ghana), Laura Prince (interprète, Togo), Maah Keita (bassiste, Sénégal), Mariaa Sigaa (compositrice et interprète, Sénégal), Mounaissa (guitariste, Mali), Nelida Karr (guitariste, Guinée équatoriale) et Senny Camara (compositrice et joueuse de kora, Sénégal).

Abigail Narkie Teye

Percussionist, instrumentalist and dancer from Ghana, Abigail Narkie Teye plays 5 different types of drums: Agbadja, Kpanlogo, Fontomfrom, Obonu, and Gome. Since 2010, she teaches drumming and dancing in schools and churches. She was awarded best female instrumentalist in 2015 at the Festival des meilleurs instrumentistes d'Afrique in Benin. 

Abigail Teye, percusionist from Ghana
Laura Prince

Performer, author, composer and interpreter from Togo, Laura Prince aspires to remain in harmony with herself and the world surrounding her. She promotes a purified kind of music to express her childhood fears, her mixed roots, and her heartaches. Her career is atypical, like those that forge and inspire. 

Laura Prince, performer from Togo
Maah Khoudia Keita

One of the three women bassists in Africa and the only one in Senegal, Maah Khoudia Keita (aka Lady Maah Keita) played in her family band, Takeifa, from 2006 to 2018, recorded three albums, and went on seven European tours in addition to numerous national tours in Senegal. Maah Keita is spokesperson for albino people in Senegal. She co-founded and managed for six years the association Care Albinos, which provides medical assistance to albinos with skin cancer. 

Maah Keita (bassist, Senegal)
Mariaa Siga

Young artist, composer and performer from Senegal, Mariaa Siga (Mariama Siga Goudiaby) is used to the traditional rhythms of her hometown Casamance. Her curiosity led her to discover new musical genres such as reggae, blues and jazz, genres that she mixes with African sounds.

Mariaa Siga, a woman musician singing and playing the guitar
Mounaissa

Guitarist from Mali, Mounaissa was born in the 1960s and influenced by American and modern African music, in particularly Malian modern orchestras. She is one of the first women to play the guitar in her country. Realizing the difficulty to thrive with this instrument, she decided to turn to the drums. She is a member of the Kaladjoula Band, a group of women instrumentalists from Mali.

Mounaissa (guitarst, Mali)
Nelida Karr

Guitarist, Nelida Karr is known as “Equatorial Guinea’s Diva" and started playing at the age of 15, as well as piano and percussion. Her music is a fusion of several influences including jazz and Afro-Cuban music. In 2007, Nelida was awarded first prize by the Centre of Malabo in the Spanish Song Contest. She interpreted in 2012 the official anthem of the African Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Nélida Karr (guitarist, Equatorial Guinea)
Senny Camara

Composer and kora player from Senegal, Senny Camara believes that music is a matter of strings, referring to the set of strings of her kora (a djeli harp-lute traditionally reserved for men). She considers her kora as her strongest ally both as an artist and as a woman. Fiercely independent, Senny learned how to play kora on her own. She played in an orchestra in Dakar performing American and Afro-Cuban jazz classics, as well as pop music. 

Senny Camara (composer and kora player, Senegal)

La Conférence (29 avril, 17h CET)

Des femmes artistes et productrices de musique auront une discussion sur les solutions aux défis les plus importants auxquels sont confrontées les femmes du jazz en Afrique, à savoir (1) avoir accès aux plateformes mondiales qui promeuvent leur travail artistique ; et (2) fournir aux jeunes générations des modèles positifs qui peuvent aider à briser les stéréotypes inhérents à l'industrie.

Participant.e.s

Maah Keita

Bassiste et participante au concert JazzWomenAfrica
Sénégal

Maah Keita, bassist from Senegal
Violet Maila

Chargée de projets, Fondation Music in Africa
Afrique du Sud

Violet Maila, from South Africa
Josiane Maténé

Organisatrice, Samba professionnels
Gabon

Josiane Maténé from Gabon
Luc Mayitoukou

Directeur de Zhu Culture
République du Congo/Sénégal

Luc Mayitoukou from Rep. of Congo/Senegal
Fatoumata Pindra

Fondateur, Optimiste Productions
Sénégal

Fatoumata Pindra from Senegal
Laura Prince

Artiste, compositrice et participante au concert JazzWomenAfrica
Togo

Laura Prince, artist and performer from Togo
José da Silva

Ancien producteur et président, Sony Music Entertainment
Cape Verde

José da Silva from Cape Verde
Melody Zambucko

Directrice national, Crossroads Music 
Zimbabwe

Melody Zambucko from Zimbabwe

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