As a young writer, composer and Afrosoul singer Thaïs Diarra has
always raised questions with her texts, whilst carrying a message
of positivity. In 2002, Thaïs Diarra went back to her roots,
travelling from Mali to Senegal which became her second home.
Here, she met renowned rapper Didier Awadi and in 2004 she was
welcomed as a member to the PBS Radical group. Together they toured
Africa and Europe where Thaïs did recordings and collaborations.
In 2005 she met Swiss musician and producer Fred Hirschy (Tumi Molekane,
Fredy Massamba), with whom she collaborated on a regular basis.
The results of this musical cross-pollination are evident in Métisse
– Thaïs Diarra’s first solo album that came out in 2013. Recorded in
Switzerland and Senegal, the essence of Métisse is in its mixture of
African instruments such as kora and balafon, with new American soul
vibes. Several prominent musicians participated on Métisse, including
Didier Awadi, Fredy Massamba and Noumoucounda Cissoko. The texts are
in English, French, Wolof and Bambara.
With this album she started the successful “Afrosoul Tour” in Switzerland,
Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania where her music received a warm
welcome. She also performed at the renowned Sauti za Busara festival
in Zanzibar in 2015.
2015 was the perfect time for the second album. She worked with a bigger
production for her new music including horns and the inclusion of more
reggae to her recipe of african traditional sounds and soul. This album
was produced by Fred Hirschy as well as composed by him and Thaïs Diarra.
It speaks about hope and self-confidence, it`s a celebration of Women,
femininity and sisterhood. Her experience in music made her proudly realize
how much women are starting to embrace themselves. When women rise, the
whole nation rises with her. She wants to dedicate this album to these
women of ambition that are still fighting for respect and equality,
especially in Africa.
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