Wiltshire gig for Afro Celt Sound System's N'Faly Kouyate

By Barrie Hudson - 25 January 2024

Arts and Culture
  • N'Faly Kouyaté is perhaps best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System

    N'Faly Kouyaté is perhaps best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System

N'Faly Kouyate will be bringing his ‘Ré-Génération Tour’ to Bradford-on-Avon's Wiltshire Music Centre on 11 February.

Perhaps best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System, the Belgium-based artist will be hitting the road for nine intimate shows with his new solo project. Beginning at Southampton’s Turner Sims on 8th Feb, the tour will include stops in Exeter, Manchester, Liverpool, London.
Tickets are available via nfaly.com
The tour will be preceded by the release of a brand new single, Premiers Pas, a powerful political track that finds the artist echoing Africa's call for total autonomy.
Offering a poignant reflection on Africa's tumultuous history, the single will shine a light on the suffering, terror, and an unquenchable thirst for freedom the continent has endured.
Merging French and Malinké languages, the lyrics reflect Africa's fervent call for complete control, with N'Faly Kouyaté requesting the world recognise Africa's right to shape its own destiny.
It will be streaming on all services on 3 February.
The artist said: "I am raising a cry with 'Premiers Pas' to demand total autonomy for Africa. This song is the expression of the determination of an entire continent to finally take control of its destiny."
The release of "Premiers Pas" will be accompanied by a striking official music video co-directed by N'Faly Kouyaté, his manager Sandra Werner, and their team.
The metaphorical visuals will depict Africa's journey to freedom, celebrating cultural diversity and the inner strength of its people.
It was filmed in South Africa, and the choice of Nelson Mandela's homeland as the location underscores continental solidarity in the pursuit of autonomy.
In tandem, the artist sheds light on similar phenomena in daily life, such as workplace abuse of power, domestic violence, and many others.

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