Espoir 2000 is a Zouglou group from the Côte d’Ivoire/ Ivory Coast. The group was formed by three young men in the community of Koumassi, Abidjan in 1997. In their songs they are announcing the society problems. Listen to their great song “Je t’aime”:
Meiway, aka Fréderic-Désiré Ehui, leaves Abidjan for Paris in 1985 to improve his music skills. He records his first album “Ayibebou” in 1989 including the premises of Zoblazo, a style Meiway invented inspired from traditional rhythms from Grand-Bassam, his native city. Meiway receives the award for Best Male Singer of Ivory Coast for this album but it is with the following album “200% Zoblazo”, released in 1992, that Meiway gets his first hit in the African diaspora.
Throughout the years, his success increases following inflation to reach 900% Zoblazo with the eponymous album released in 2006. Meiway has become a superstar in Ivory Coast, Western Africa and in the African diaspora in Europe. Here is song “Golgotha”
Dobet Gnahoré, born in 1982, is a singer from Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1999, she’s living in Marseille, France due to civil wars in her homeland. Listen to her nice song “Abiani”:
Fadal Dey is a reggae musician from the Côte d’Ivoire. His songs are never played in the radio and TV in the Côte d’Ivoire, because he’s a “banned musician”. Here’s his noce song “Ne l’abandonne pas”:
Listen to Reconstruisons le pays
One of the first songs here:
The song Farafina from Ismaël Isaac is a reggae song from the Côte d’Ivoire. Ismaël Isaac born 1966 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire was so inspired of Bob Marleys death, that he strived for strating an own reggae career, strongly influenced by Bob Marley and Alpha Blondy.
Moïse Moriféré Soumahoro aka Molare is a musician from Cote d´Ivoire performing electronic music and traditional music. Here is the song ” Tuage”
This song is to stay awake if you are driving. DJs Mulukuku & Arsenal from Abidjan, Cote d´Ivoire. Here´s the song “On a Ça”
Alpha Blondy was born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1953. He is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Here’s his great song “Jerusalem“:
Listen to his wonderful cover of I Wish You Were Here too!!
Guélaté is a soul and r&b singer from Côte d’Ivoire(Ivory Coast). Here’s his great song “My Ivory“:
Thanks to Lunvision for suggestion my this one!
Tiken Jah Fakoly plays music “to wake up the consciences”. His music speaks about many injustices done to the people of his country, and those over Africa. As such, many African listeners feel a deep affinity with his lyrics as Fakoly speaks for oppressed people. This connection has helped make Tiken Jah Fakoly a much-listened artist throughout the world. Here’s “Le Pays Va Mal” (Things Are Bad in the Country).