Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Espoir 2000

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”:

Music from Ivory Coast – Meiway

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”

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Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Fadal Dey

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

 

Music from Cote d´Ivoire – Molare

Moïse Moriféré Soumahoro aka Molare is a musician from Cote d´Ivoire performing electronic music and traditional music. Here is the song ” Tuage”

Music from Côte d’Ivoire – Alpha Blondy

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!!