[pullquote]In that same political revolutionary spirit that Fela sang with, this album tackles a range of controversial issues[/pullquote]Sia Tolno was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, had a violent father, was forced to leave the country due to the civil war and ended up in the harsh world of Conakry nightclubs. In short, let’s just say that life was no bed of roses.
“African Woman” is her new album and in an era where authenticity is lost and many African artists are now trying to sound American in a bid to become more commercial, Sia Tolno stands firmly in tradition following in the footsteps of Miriam Makeba and Angelique Kidjo with traces of Fela Kuti. This is her fourth album and it takes on Afro-beat in a way that even Fela would applaud.
Unsurprisingly she enlisted the help of Tony Allen for this album. Tony Allen for a long time was Fela Kuti’s drummer and together they created the musical fusion that is Afro-beat. It has been 40 years and remarkably Allen still has it!
In that same political revolutionary spirit that Fela sang with, this album tackles a range of controversial issues from female genital mutilation to the perils of African migrants. “Rebel Leader” is an attack on Liberian President and warlord Charles Taylor.
“African Police” is the first single from the album.
Source: The Art Desk