All our Writers
Pierre Akendengue is a pioneer. Although the term is often misused, it fits perfectly in his case. Born on the 25th April 1943 on Aouta, an island to the southwest of Gabon, the singer-poet and storyteller-philosopher who studied at the Mireille Petit Conservatoire released his first album, Nandipo, in 1974, on Pierre Barouh’s Saravah label. Back then, he played a part in the emergence of a primarily African-flavoured world-music explosion in France, where he had come to study and would stay for twenty years, before returning to Gabon in 1985. Over his career, Akendengué has increasingly filled out his orchestrations and given more emphasis to his lyrics. A brilliant storyteller, he sculpts fluid music copiously nourished by woody percussion sounds and flamboyant backing vocals. His songs draw metaphors to achieve a dazzling parable effect.
ALEMAN CABRERA YOSLIN
ALMAO ANTONIO JANGO ALVARES DAVID
AMADO DIAS JORGE MATIAS AMEZAGA ARMANDO
ANDRADE ALVES FERNANDO DJUDJUK ANDRADE LOPES FERNANDO (NANDO) ANDRIAMANAPISOA WILSON
Barcelo De Carvalho Jose (Bonga)
Icon of Angolan music Bonga is on first-name terms with the stars and has given true meaning to the concept (albeit multifaceted) of ‘Africanness’. From Luanda to Rotterdam, Paris to Lisbon, and everywhere else, Bonga belongs to that caste of African singers who have sublimated their roots. His rasping, powerful voice is immediately identifiable and anyone listening to his albums remains entranced from start to finish.
Fodé Baro started learning music in school, doing theater and music shows. Originally from a marabout familiy who did not think music could be a lifechoice, he was forced to exile. This constrained escape allowed him to learn music theory and show his great bass guitar skills as a member of the Bangui Makeba Orchestra and the Lessager de Mordy Findian band. The success for the inventor of the "Afro-Zouk Mandingue" came in 1999, year of release of the his second album "l'Aventurier", chosen as the best 2000 album by Radio Africa n°1
BARROS VERDE MAURICIO
BARRY MAMADOU ALIO
BAZIN JOSEPH YVES
BERGERON MONTEIRO PHILIPPE
BINTA LALY SOW
BIOLO BATILAN GANDI
BORGES DOS SANTOS AURELIO BRAVO SOLEDAD
BRITO SPENCER DANIEL
Cabral Almeida Elida
Awarded with the RFI Discovery Award in 2017, the young woman born on the Santiago Island seduced immedialty with her fist album and her song "Nta Konsigui" (2.7 millions wiews on YouTube). With her warm yet powerful voice, she became a go-to singer in the world music departement, travelling from Europe to Africa and the USA.
Jean-Michel CABRIMOL started his musical career in Martinique as a drum player in a band called Les Lépoards (the Leopards) when he was 14 years old. In 1981, he created his own band LA MAAFIA, whith which he released his first album "Neg contre Neg". This record became a corner stone of West Indian and Caribean music.
Teofilo Chantre is one of the most prolific writer and composer of Cabo Verde. He is behind several tracks of two main albums of Cesaria Evora : "Miss Perfumado" (1992) and "Sao Vincente Di Longe" (2001). He is also a singer, being renowned for his smooth voice performing tracks from various kind of genres.
CABRAL AMANDIO CAMARA MAMOUTOU
CECCARELLI MARC CHANTRE VITORIO
CLINTON CELINI MIKE
COELHO PERREIRA SERRA FRANCISCO
CORRALES SUBIDA JULIAN
CORREIA GARCIA NEUSALINA
CORTES JEAN LOUIS ANGE
CRUZ RUI ALFONSECA SOUSA
Da Costa Ivone Lara
Who we call "The Great Dame of the Samba" had a very late start to her career. Indeed, in 1978, she recorded her first album "Samba Mina Versace, Samba Mina Raiz", just after being retired. She passed away in 2018, the year she turned 97, after releasing more than 10 albums and 300 songs.
Gérard Dahan is a French author, composer and arranger who co-created the band Vis a Vies. During hier career he collabed with numerous artistes (in theater, cinema or radio) and wrote several songs for Cesaria Evora and Teofilo Chantre.
De Souza Tania Libertad
Tania Libertad de Souza Zuniga is considered to be one of the most famous artists in South-America. Thinking herself as a citizen of the word, she had the opportunity to tour all around it thanks to her successful albums. Advocating peace, openmindedness and the unitied South America, the Peruvian artist that most people call Tania Liberted was awarded in 2009 the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award, to emphasize on the enterie career.
Diabate Sekouba Bambino
Born in the 60s in Kintinya in Upper-Guinea, Sékouba "Bambino" Diabaté was first noticed in local bands. In 1979, he rewarded as Best Singer in Guinea. This award allow him to be hired in the renowed band Bembeya Jazz. The success then came with his second solo album named "Le Destin" (The Desitny) in 1992.
Dias Osvaldo (Vaiss)
Osvaldo Dias (Vaiss) is originally from the Santo Antao Island in Cape Verde. As kid, he learned all kind of instruments like the guitar or the saxophon. During his career as a musician, he accompanied a lot of Cap verdean stars such as Cesaria Evora, Bana, Lura or Nancy Vieira.
Désiré Frédéric Ehui (Meiway)
Désiré Frédéric Ehui, as known as Meiway, is one of the biggest African artists. He is originally from Grand-Bassam in Côte d'Ivoire, where he's credited for inventinf the zoblazo sytle, un musical genre mixing drums and traditionnal Ivorian rythms along with more modern instruments like synthetisors. He is considered to hava had a hug impact on the musical culture of his country.
DA CONCEICAO DIAS FERNANDES MANUEL (NEY FERNANDES)
DA CRUZ GONCALVES FERNANDO
DA CRUZ LIMA ELTON
DA CRUZ NEVES JORGE (JORGE HUMBERTO)
DA LUZ MONTEIRO BAPTISTA
DA SILVA JOSE
DA SILVA PIERRE
DA SILVA WILLIAM
DANGLADES JOEL JEAN
DE CARVALHO EURICO SARAIVA
DE CASTRO SOUZA BRUNO
DESMOND JEAN CHRISTOPHE
DIABATE SEKOU BEMBEYA
DOMINGOS ANTONIO GOMES FERNANDES
DOS SANTOS SANTANA ANDERSON
DOS SANTOS SEMEDO NELCELINO
DOS SANTOS TIAGO ADAO DOUALA ALEXANDRE DREANO MICHEL
DUARTE ABILIO AUGUSTO DUPIN MARC OLIVIER
Marc Esteve is a French writer. In his career, he wrote numerous tracks for Henri Salvador, Liane Foly or Enrico Macias. He was also part of the album « Manhã Florida » performed by Nancy Vierra along with Teofilo Chantre.
Evora Epifania (Tututa)
Epifânia de Freitas Silva Ramos Évora, also known as Dona Tuta was one of the first female artists to perform in male-only venues in Sao Vincente. All along her career, this pianist mixed with grace classical music and caboverdean traditions. She recorded her only album in 1947
Evora Monteiro Arlindo
Arlindo Évora Monteiro was born on the SAnto Antao Island in Cabo Verde in 1967. He is the founder of the band named Cordas Do Sol, in which he was signer and also a guitar player.
FONSECA PARIS YVES
GOMES MONTEIRO ALFREDO
GOMES NEVES JOSE PEDRO
GOMIS JEAN LOUIS
GONZALEZ PIEDRA DAGOBERTO PASCUAL
GONZALEZ SIBORE LAZARO
GONCALVES JOSE CARLOS
GREGORIO GONCALVEZ MARK
GONZALES LOUIT DENIS
GONZALES MARTINEZ HANIEL CUBANITO
HERNANDEZ IBANEZ JAIME
HILARIO VIEIRA LUCIO
HOSNI HASNIAT EL BECHARIA
HOUON ANGE DIDIER
IBANEZ PEDRO GERMAN
JOUBERT GONZALEZ OMAR
KANTE MORI DJESSOU
KHALIL ALIO MOUNIRA (MOUNIRA) KONE ADAMA DJIMINIKA
KOUAO SOFA ALICE
KOUDOGBO MEDARD THEOPHILE KOUYATE SEKOU
KOUYATE SORY KANDIA (PETIT KANDIA)
Raymon Lema Ainsi Nzinga, as known as Ray Lima, is a pianist, a guitar player and Congolese composer (RDC). Born in 1946, he learned to play the piano very young while going to the Church. However the first instrument that he really played was the guitar as a member of the Gérard Kazembe Orchestra. In 1974, as he was just hired as the Musical Direcot the National Ballet of Zaire in Kinshasa, he formed the orchestra who would play and accompany the legendary box fight between Mohamed Ali and George Foreman. Sadly, following the disagreement he had with the Mobutu regime, he was constrained to leave his homeland to live in France in 1982. In 1985, he collabed with Tony Allen for the project "Caravane Jericho", an artists collective united against the imprisonment of Fela Kuti. During his career, Ray Lema was part of 20 albums and awaded the Charles Cros Academy Prize (2013). He is now a UNESCO spokeperson, godfather and initiator of the project of the African Musical University (UMA).
Originally from Cape Verde, Manu Lima grew up in Senegal. In this end of th 70s, he created with his cousin a band called Cabo Verde Show. At the beginning of the 80s, the band became one the most popular formation in West Africa. The band succeeded at touching a large audience though mixing different inspirations in its music : Caper verdean (mornas and colleras), brasilian (samba and bossa-nova) et senegalese (malaxa) as well as african-american (soul and funk). When the band slit up at the end of the 80s, Manu Lima became a very asked producer by numerous artists.
Raised in a family where music was not considered to be a life choise, Ismael Lo used to secretly play the guitar that he made himslef with his cousins. After a few years un the Institute of Arts of Dakar, his talent was noticed in a TV program. This success allowed him to first join the Super Dinamo band. Then, he was able to star his own solo career and was soon nicknamed the "African Bob Dylan". His compositions became very famous and well-known especially as he composed several tracks for movies. In 2002 he became Knight of the Legion of Honour in France.
Lopes Emmanuel (De Novas)
Born in 1938 in Santo Antao, Manuel de Novas is considered as one of the biggest author, composer, guitar player and poet from Cabo Verde. He is renowned in the whole world through his coladeiras and mornas compositions, which were performed by biggest artists from Cabo Verde like Cesaria Evora, Bana, Os Tubaroes, Ildo Lobo or Titna.
LAWSON JEAN RICHARD
LAY BRAVO RAFAEL
LESMES ECHEVARRIA OSDALGIA LIMA FREDERIC
LIMA LUIS FILIPE CARDIAL
LINARES ZAMORA E.
LOPES EDSON (DE NOVAS)
LOPES OLIVEIRA AMILCAR
MAIGA BONKANA ISSA
MARONE BOY EL HADJ
MALI MARTA ANTONIO GOMES MARTELLY JOSEPH MICHEL
MARTINEZ ZAPATA ISRAEL
MARTINS COELHO DE OLIVEIRA VASCO MARTINS SEMEDO ROLANDO
MASWEBE TSHUM TSHUM
MAYANDA WUTA YUNDULA
MELLA RONIEL ALFONSO
MENDES DELGADO VALERA FILIPE MENDES JEAN PIERRE
MINT MEIDAH MALOUMA
MONTEIRO BARRETO ORLANDO
MONTEIRO CARDOSO RODRI PEDRO MONTEIRO CARLOS
MOREIRA DOS REIS CARLOS MANUEL (MANU REIS)
MORET LOPEZ GONZALO EMILIO
Sally Nylo in an artist born in the small village of Eyeng-Meyong in Cameroon. She started her career as a backing vocalist for numerous French and African artists. After an experience as a member of the Blegium band Zap Mama, she recorded her first solo album "tribu' (Tribe" in 1999 for the labelrecord Lusafrica. The year after she was awarded the RFI price for this album. The singer will continue to rise though three other albums "Multicuti" in 1998, "Beti" in 2000 and "Zaione" in 2002.
NDIAYE SAMBA MBOUP NGIANGI BAZEYIDIO
NIAMKEY MARIE THERESE NOEL PIERRE GERARD
NYBOMA MWAN DIDO
Ochieng Sellanga (Blinky Bill)
Blinly Bill is at the core of the Afrofuturist craftmanship, his sound is a shaking the East Africa. He is also a sensation in Europe where his compositions alternates between hip-hop, jazz, elctro music and traditional african sounds, which can easily explains his succes.
Pina Assuncao Maria De Lurdes (Lura)
Maria de Lurdes Pina Assução, as known as Lura, is a Portugese singer. Her 20-year-old career is a great mix of different inspirations, like traditionnal rythms from Cabo Verde (morna, funan, batuqie). Her album "Di Korpu Ku Alma" (From Body and Soul) was nominated in 2006 at the BBC Awards as a "word Music Album".
Pina Dos Santos Neuza
The career of Pina dos Santos Neuza, as known as Neuza, started when she was 24 when she colleagues in retaurant she was working at noticed her voice. She was then noticed by Jose Da Silva and recorded her first album "Flor Di Bila" which mixes several rythms : tlaia, baxo and rabolo.
PEREIRA MANUEL DI CANDINHO
PINA ALVES ANTONIO
PINA ALVES JOAO JOSE
PIPER MARTIAL PIRES JOSE JOAO
Ramos Valerie (Mariana Ramos)
Mariana Ramos is the daughter of Toy Ramos, renowned guitar player from the band Voz de Cabo Verde. Born in Dakar, the career of the singer took a turne when she met Teofilo Chantre, Cesaria Evora's composer. Her rise in the music industry coincided with her return to her cape verdean roots.
RODRIGUES BRITO JORGE MANUEL
RODRIGUES JULIO CESAR
ROJAS FIEL ISRAEL
RAMOS LOPES MANUEL CONCEICAO
RAMOS VAZ ARIANA (NANY VAZ) RANDRIANARISOA GERMAIN
Santos Vieira Antonio (Toy Vieira)
Toy Vieira started his carrerr in the 80s with the band Voz De Cabo Verde that he joined as a pianist.
Idrissa Soumaoro was born in 1949 in Mali in a litlle village called Ouélessébougou. During his childhood, he discovered numerous instruments like the guitar, the harmonica, the flûte and the timbo. He joined the "Djitoumou-Jazz" band in Ouéléssébougou when he was 18? A few years later, he graduated from the National Institute of Arts in Bamako. He than became a full-time teacher while still beinf a musican among which as a member of Salif Keita's band "The Ambassadors of the Bamako Motel". In 1980, he created the Miriya Orchestra along with Amadou Bagayoko, from the duo Amadou and Mariam. In 1984, he got a scolarship to learn the Braille musicology at the Brimingham University.
SANCA GOMES UZIEL
SANTOS DE OLIVEIRA ANTONINO
SARRIA ISIDRO ARISTICA
SASTRE PEREZ JOSE CUBANITO
SAUSA MENDES CARLOS ALBERTO
SILVA CORREIA MARCELINO SILVA EDUARDO PAIM
SILVA RODRIGUES JOSE
SOARES ALINHO MARIA
Tavares Silva Jose Mario (Tibau Tavares)
José Mario Tavares Silva, as known as Tibau Tavares is a composer and a singer from Cape Verde. The guitar player was born in 1968 in Calheta on Maio Island and became a reference in Cape verdean music. Many artists like Lura or Isa Perira took part in his propositions.
Teixeira Jose (Ize)
Born in Cape Verde, Izéleft the country for France, to live in the Belleville neighborhood in Paris. The Franco-Cape verdean did his first steps on the album "Le Calibre qu'il te faut" by Stomy Bugzy, on the founder of the Hip-Hop band le Ministère A.M.E.R. He then joined the Hip-Hop band "La MC Mal Criado" (which means "bad behaved" in Capeverdean Creol) founded bu the rappers Jacky, JP and Stomy Bugsy. He then released his first solo album "Double Nationalité" as a figure of the franco-cape verdean rap. He is the epitome of mixing cultures : the traditionnal Cape verdean music (Morna and funana) with the beats of the French Hip-Hop.
Sia Tolno is well know by the world music amateurs though the albums she composed influenced but the different sounds of the African continent. Her album "African Woman", which came out in 2014, was produced by the renowed Tony Allen. This project introduced afrobeat sound, which Sia Tolno particularly enjoys.
Traore Souleymane (Solo Jah Gun)
Solo Jah Gunt was born in 1967 in Ferkésségoudou, a little town of the Ivory Coast, setlled between Mali and Burkina. He learned about reggae music as a teenager with George Kwakiy, then mentor of the fmaour Alpha Blondy. In 1990, he released a first solo album which became a success. He quickly became the favourite of Ivorian media and star in all West Africa. In 1995 he left Côte d'Ivoire to live in France and join all the African artists living there as well.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Boubacar Traoré has an inimitable, who lly personal style. Self - taught and inspired by the Kassonké tradition – he was born in Kayes in Northwest Mali in 1942 – like all the young people of his generation, he discovered blues, rock, jazz, soul and Cuban and Congolese music on the radio, and con structed a musical world like no other for himself.
TAVARES MORENO EDUINO
TAVARES SILVA FERNANDO JORGE
TOSCA ALBERTO TOUNKARA
VIEIRA DIAS PAULO CARDOSO
Wandji Manuel was born in Nancy in 1961. After living a big part pf his childhood in Cameroon, he came back to France in 1980 to study. It's at that time that he started a career as both a danser and a musician. He was part a numerous projects for other artists, African (Ray Lema, Papa Wemba), or American (Ben Haper, Tom Jones). During the 90s, he founded his own production company, Wambo Productions, to help develop other artists' careers. He produced the two first albums of the Cameroonese artist Henri Dikongue and toured with him at the time.
Zongo Seydou (Zedess)
With his 30-year-old career, Zongo Seydou, as known as Zedess, is one of the most popular artisti in West Africa. This composer and singer from Burkinabé origins created a reaggea mixing with graceOuagadougou slang with mandingue music. His lyrics are a mirror of his political beliefs, talking about development and peace on the African continent.
ZABULON JEAN PIERRE
ZAU FILIPE SILVINO