In the realm of music, Aya Nakamura, the renowned Francophone artist, embarks upon a series of monumental concerts in Africa. She stands as the most globally heard Francophone artist today, and her journey commences in Kinshasa on the 7th and 8th of September 2023, followed by a performance in Brazzaville on the 9th. Later in the year, she is set to captivate audiences in Abidjan and Bamako. These five unique concerts mark a momentous occasion, as it is the first time this star, originally hailing from Mali, graces her homeland continent with her presence.
It is nearly impossible to traverse the musical landscape without encountering the resonant name of Aya Nakamura. At 28 years old, born Aya Coco Danioko, she has ascended to the status of a global sensation. A native of Bamako, she journeyed to the Parisian suburbs as a child. Speaking about the origin of her remarkable vocal talent in an interview with TV5, just before she departs for Kinshasa, she shared, “My mother is a griot. One does not become a griot; one is born a griot. So, I believe it’s innate. It’s something that, whether you want it or not, manifests in your manner of expression. For me, this is what I do, but through music.”
On Thursday, the Franco-Malian star shall grace the stage for an exclusive audience, where entry starts at a minimum of $500 for VIP access. Friday night, she will enchant the audience at the Athénée de la Gombe, where even the most affordable seats were swiftly claimed at $25. Nakamura is resolute in delivering a grand performance for her dedicated fans, asserting, “This is my continent, after all. I hope to do the work justice, and there is no doubt in my mind about that. I eagerly anticipate this experience; I believe we shall revel in it.”
Subsequently, her journey takes her to Brazzaville on Saturday. For Nakamura’s West African admirers, a degree of patience shall be required. By the end of December, the songstress shall take the stage in Abidjan and Bamako, with the latter performance weighing heavily as her “most stressful” undertaking, as she discloses.
In this momentous musical voyage, Aya Nakamura emerges as an artist and a cultural bridge, reconnecting with her African roots and entrancing audiences across the continent with her magnetic voice and magnetic presence. Her journey symbolizes a harmonious fusion of heritage and talent, promising unforgettable musical experiences for all who bear witness to her artistry.