After worldwide critical and commercial success in 2006 and 2011, the third installment of IMN's exhilarating Acoustic Africa Tour focuses on the richness of the African traditions of the voice and the song. The 2012 iteration of the tour will feature three of the African continent's up-and-coming vocal impresarios: Dobet Gnahore, the Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer who has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music; Kareyce Fotso, a young Cameroonian singer whose music is an intriguing combination of Afro-pop, blues, and traditional African music; and Manou Gallo, an Ivory Coast bassist and vocalist who gained acclamation as the bassist for Zap Mama, and whose own music draws on rhythms of West Africa as well as funk and R&B. Leni Stern, the acclaimed American contemporary guitarist who has gained increasingly wide acclaim since releasing four recordings of African-influenced material, will serve as musical director. These exciting singers will be backed by an all-star band, including balafonist Aly Keita (Omar Sosa, Joe Zawinul).
Boasting a warm and powerful voice, Dobet Gnahore inherited the force of the Bete tradition from her father, Boni Gnahore, a master percussionist who plays with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company. It was within this Ivory Coast-based company that Gnahore met French guitarist Colin Laroche de Feline. The two formed a duo, Ano Neko, which means "Let's Create Together" in the Bete language. She performs frequently with this duo in addition to pursuing her own projects.
Kareyce Fosto was born in the country of Bamileke and was raised with the Beti. After studying biochemistry and broadcasting for a number of years, she won the right to pursue her true passion: singing. Her voice is powerful and original, tinged with a veil of soul issuing from the blues and from the African tradition - a tradition she does not forget, as she is accompanied by a sanza, wooden drum, or bells. Her songs are sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always filled with emotion.
When Manou Gallo was born, her great-grandmother promised her: "I give you the world." Since that time, Gallo has gone her own way. After being a singer, bass player, percussionist, and dancer, she has turned into a brilliant band leader. Making her second home on the stage, she brings African music to her audiences in a very inventive and modern way. Her unique combination of soul, funk, and blues is full of emotion and sensitivities expressed in various languages (Dida, French, and English).