Dobet Gnahore

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Format: CD

Cat No: CMBCD171

PRE-ORDER: This item will be shipped with the aim to deliver on release day.

Release Date:  05 July 2024

Label:  Cumbancha

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  853001008717

Genres:  World Music  Africa  

  • Description

    Award-winning Ivorian singer-songwriter Dobet Gnahore is excited to announce the release on June 28th, 2024 of her highly anticipated new album, Zouzou. This captivating work presents a rich tapestry of musical traditions, combining African rhythms with modern influences and lyrical depth. Motivated by the struggles facing African children, Dobet Gnahore, had dedicated this album to the youth that will define the future of the continent. The album serves as the launch of a new orphanage project Gnahore is developing in Cote d'Ivoire, and affirms her commitment to promoting positive change and opportunities for the next generation.

    Zouzou, which means "Angel" in French, is Dobet Gnahore's sixth studio album and a vibrant celebration of African culture and identity. Gnahore is a virtuosic singer, dancer, percussionist, and songwriter who has taken the modern Afropop sounds of her country in exciting new directions. Known for her jaw-dropping dance moves, powerful stage presence and richly emotional vocal style, Gnahore has earned numerous accolades throughout her career, including a GRAMMY Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2010 for her collaboration with singer India.Arie.

    While Africa has blessed the world with many recognized female artists, Dobet Gnahore has proven herself to be a truly special talent and her new album Zouzou demonstrates that she is at her creative prime. Known for her ability to infuse her music with soul-stirring energy and message-driven lyrics, Gnahore showcases her incredible range as an artist in this new collection of songs. Through a combination of traditional and contemporary influences, she crafts a unique sound that is both distinct and accessible to audiences worldwide. Zouzou was produced by Momo Wang, aka Dr. Wang, one of Abidjan's most in demand beat makers and producer for top international talents such as Malian R&B superstar Aya Nakamura, leading coupe-decale singer Ariel Sheney and many others.

    After spending many years living in France, Gnahore returned to her homeland in search of inspiration from the thriving music and arts scene of Abidjan, one of Africa's largest and most creative cities. Along with Dr. Wang, Gnahore turned to the innovative director Jyphael Tayorault along with a roster of her country's top costume designers, makeup artists, dancers, and photographers to produce three music videos to accompany songs from her new album.

    The album features an array of standout tracks that explore themes such as resilience, unity, and the power of community. Gnahore's dynamic vocal performance and skilled musicianship shine throughout the album, making Zouzou an unforgettable journey for listeners.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Nan Plu Dan
      • 2. Zouzou
      • 3. Ayoka
      • 4. Libonou
      • 5. Espoir
      • 6. Ghui Agui Bah
      • 7. Dobet
      • 8. Komou Bebe
      • 9. Gni
      • 10. You
      • 11. Srikpi Ah Blile