Dobet blends African and western music on stage in Sheffield

The African singer, dancer and percussionist Dobet Gnahoré will be performing songs from her latest album, Miziki, at the Hallam University student union Hubs venue on Tuesday (October 16).

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11 October, 2018, 19:56
Performer Dobet Gnahore

Dobet, who is from the Ivory Coast, has a powerful voice and performs high-energy dance routines in her live shows.

The word m iziki means music and Dobet pays homage to Africa and the strength of African women in her work.

Although the album is almost entirely sung in Dobet's native tongue, Bété, a tradition inherited from her master percussionist father, Boni Gnahoré, it also draws on her love of western music.  Her influences include Björk and Christine and the Queens, and she also uses electronic sounds to blend ancient and modern styles.

She also wrote 11 of the 12  songs on the album herself. 

Similar ly, her dance routines are a clever blend of African and hip hop styl es.







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