We are over the moon about the last minute opportunity to present the Diva of the West-African Divas, Mali’s legendary Nahawa Doumbia, and her full band in Berlin! Those who know her Awesome Tapes From Africa album, saw her concerts at HAU two years ago or her breath-taking duo appearance at Torstrassenfestival on Saturday know what we are talking about – the others should find out. The queen of Dididadi and her amazing group of musicians live in concert!
Nahawa Doumbia is one of the most popular singers of the Wassoulou region in South Mali. She speaks to the younger generation of West Africa through her lyrics about love, the position of women in society, and the situation of African refugees in France. Her voice soars to Didadi, a dance rhythm from her native area.
Nahawa Doumbia was born in the small town of Mafélé, in the district of Sikasso close to the border of Ivory Coast. Her grandmother had to raise the newborn because Nahawa’s mother died shortly after giving birth. She grew up in Manankoro, near Bougouni, the most important city in the Wassoulou region. This area is well known for generating some of the best female singers in Mali, including Oumou Sangaré. Even though Nahawa Doumbia’s family was not part of the Jeli tradition (the Manding caste that performs music), Nahawa’s mother predicted before she died that her daughter would be a singer. This is something that her family tried to prevent, even with magical powers, but to no effect.
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne – Surprise Show with Mali’s legendary Diva Nahawa Doumbia
Thursday, 15.06.2017 / Starts 20:30 CET
Urban Spree | Revaler Str. 99 | 10245 Berlin