Cape Verdean singer Elida Almeida is the new star in the talent-rich sky of West African music. Live, she exudes oodles of positive energy with a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with traditional Cape Verdean musical forms. Thus, she sees herself not only as a musical heiress, but also takes the Cape Verdean tradition as a starting point for new musical developments. Connoisseurs have long regarded the 29-year-old as the legitimate successor to the great Cesaria Evora.
The Congolese singer Gasandji lives in Paris and enchants with a melange of Afropop and acoustic soul. She was influenced by the music of her father, from whom she once stole music cassettes of Otis Redding, Georges Moustaki and Congolese rumba. Whether she sings in her own language Lingala, in French or English, Gasandji is an artist who touches her audience with all her heart. In addition to her own music career, she is also committed to promoting young talent.
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