King Solo Gadji Celi 1. He still has some nasty scars on his arm. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In Abobo, one of the largest ghettos of Abidjan I met Tangara Speed Ghoda, another of the artists whose songs were broadcast immediately after the coup. They are our messengers. Born in Abidjan, his parents are from Ponondougou in the north of the country. Ma folie Meiway 1.

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Pourquoi me quitter feat. King Solo Gadji Celi 1. Ma folie Meiway 1. He joined the group Mini Choc in and changed his name to Soum Bill. So since then we have remained good friends. Tangara Speed Godha shows off ‘shells of freedom’.

And yes, they said, the musicians had played a part. Titrologue Les Garagistes 1. Of course, it is not just reggae artists who are challenging the status quo in the Ivory Coast. Benis Moi Soum Bill 1. Zouglo Solo Gadji Celi 1.

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Constant Anaganou, marketing manager of Showbiz, Abidjan’s largest music production house, flatly rejects the idea that music prompted the takeover. Songs and Soldiers Catherine Fellows investigates the role played by musicians in the December military coup in Ivory Coast. Their name means « This is what they are » and they told me they represent a new generation which is positive about life and about Africa. I want to be a singer.


A new generation At a production house in Abidjan I met a band called Sakholo. They are our messengers. To be able to criticise.

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Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Alpha Blondy is an Ivorian national hero. In his hand, he held six bullets.

One day or another people will want change and then there will be civil war. Soum Bill, lead singer of one of the most successful Zouglou groups, Les Salopards, told me his newly released solo album is as critical as ever.

In Abobo, one of the largest ghettos of Abidjan I met Tangara Speed Ghoda, another of the artists whose songs were broadcast immediately after the coup. Some have said that if he stood for President he would be unstoppable. They are cracking down on people indiscriminately. Pourquoi me quitter feat. In another song, La Guerre Civile, Blondy predicted civil war if an elected president ignores the people’s calls for change.

It’s called ‘Digging My Way to the French Embassy » – so next time there’s a coup I can follow the President’s example and escape with my family.

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Ma folie Meiway 1. He is of mixed ethnicity: Etat major Extra Musica 1.


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He was discovered on the Ivorian television show First Chance broadcast on Radio Television Ivoirienne and was found by the keyboardist Georges Kouakou. Kaman Monique Seka 1. I said to him ‘Uncle,not you! Tangara Speed Godha shows off ‘shells of freedom’. Les Poussins Chocs 0. Any new songs from the man they call the Grand Frere – Elder Brother? Tangara said the soldiers had visited him on the day of the coup and what struck him most was that when they fired their guns it was into the air and not at the people.

Philip Monteiro Fode Baro 1. Walking around Abidjan with him, it is clear that he has a huge popular following.

And that the soldiers immediately went to the homes of their musical heroes to celebrate what they saw as a joint victory. You musn’t get carried away with hysteria.