Dobet Gnahoré

June 25, 2024 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Broad Street Park
Broad Street
Claremont, NH 03743, Claremont
NH 03743
West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Dobet Gnahoré returns for another wonderful evening of powerful music, presented by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.

Please join us for an evening concert, presented by West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts in collaboration with Claremont Parks and Recreation, part of WCCMA’s 17th Summer Concert Series.

Tickets by Donation. Students FREE.

In case of inclement weather, the event location will be at the Claremont Creative Center, 56 Opera House Square, right across the street from Broad Street Park.

This program is supported in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Award-winning Ivorian singer-songwriter Dobet Gnahoré is excited to announce the release on June 28th, 2024 of her highly anticipated new album, Zouzou. This captivating work presents a rich tapestry of musical traditions, combining African rhythms with modern influences and lyrical depth. Motivated by the struggles facing African children, Dobet Gnahoré, had dedicated this album to the youth that will define the future of the continent. The album serves as the launch of a new orphanage project Gnahoré is developing in Côte d’Ivoire, and affirms her commitment to promoting positive change and opportunities for the next generation.

Zouzou, which means “Angel” in French, is Dobet Gnahoré’s seventh studio album and a vibrant celebration of African culture and identity. Gnahoré is a virtuosic singer, dancer, percussionist, and songwriter who has taken the modern Afropop sounds of her country in exciting new directions. Known for her jaw-dropping dance moves, powerful stage presence and richly emotional vocal style, Gnahoré has earned numerous accolades throughout her career, including a GRAMMY Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2010 for her collaboration with singer India.Arie.

While Africa has blessed the world with many recognized female artists, Dobet Gnahoré has proven herself to be a truly special talent and her new album Zouzou demonstrates that she is at her creative prime. Known for her ability to infuse her music with soul-stirring energy and message-driven lyrics, Gnahoré showcases her incredible range as an artist in this new collection of songs. Through a combination of traditional and contemporary influences, she crafts a unique sound that is both distinct and accessible to audiences worldwide. Zouzou was produced by Momo Wang, aka Dr. Wang, one of Abidjan’s most in demand beat makers and producer for top international talents such as Malian R&B superstar Aya Nakamura, leading coupé-décale singer Ariel Sheney and many others.

After spending many years living in France, Gnahoré returned to her homeland in search of inspiration from the thriving music and arts scene of Abidjan, one of Africa’s largest and most creative cities. Along with Dr. Wang, Gnahoré turned to the innovative director Jyphael Tayorault along with a roster of her country’s top costume designers, makeup artists, dancers, and photographers to produce three music videos to accompany songs from her new album.

The album features an array of standout tracks that explore themes such as resilience, unity, and the power of community. Gnahoré’s dynamic vocal performance and skilled musicianship shine throughout the album, making Zouzou an unforgettable journey for listeners.

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