FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: Dobet Gnahoré


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FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: Dobet Gnahoré

FirstWorks Summer Beats Concerts: Dobet Gnahoré

While Africa has blessed the world with many recognized female artists, Dobet Gnahoré has proven herself to be a truly special talent. Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, Dobet is a virtuosic singer, dancer, percussionist, and songwriter who has taken the modern Afropop sounds of her country in exciting new directions. A 2010 GRAMMY winner, Dobet Gnahoré is well known for her jaw-dropping dance moves, powerful stage presence and richly emotional vocal style. Gnahoré’s latest album, Couleur, is filled with danceable grooves, electronic beats, nimble electric guitar lines and catchy melodic hooks. Within the music, Dobet explores the concept of freedom: The freedom to blend the urban energy of modern Africa with its vibrant ancestral rhythms; The freedom to sing in multiple languages, from the diverse indigenous languages of her native land as well as in French and English, to better convey her optimistic message and reach broader audiences; The freedom to pay tribute to the women of today and tomorrow, to use her words and image to empower a new generation of daring, strong and independent African women.

Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department.

Made possible with support from Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island Foundation, RISCA, Collette and BankNewport.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.


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