This summer the African diva returns to the US and Canada for a tour of select festivals and concert venues. One of today’s most talked-about young African artists, Dobet Gnahoré’s energetic dance moves and powerful vocals have earned her comparisons to African music icons Angelique Kidjo, Zap Mama and Miriam Makeba.
Having had grown up in Village Ki-Yi M’Bock, located in the Ivory Coast, Dobet Gnahore has played an important role in the African arts scene. There, African artists with a multitude of ethnic backgrounds collaborate freely, united in their commitment to creating uniquely African artistic expressions.
Dobet earned a Newcomer of the Year nomination from the BBC World Music Awards in 2006. Later that year, Dobet took part in the Putumayo Acoustic Africa tour, sharing the stage with Malian guitarist Habib Koité and South African troubadour Vusi Mahlasela. Dobet’s amazing performance stole the show and demonstrated that she was a star in the making. Dobet’s songs address social and political issues in Africa: the struggles of women in African society, the exploitation of children, and the impact of greed and violence on the family. Dobet calls upon Africa to seek solutions from within and draw upon its own vast resources to create a better future. She sings of love and loss, as well as joy and celebration, using a wide variety of rhythms and styles that reflect her pan-African approach.