Perhaps best known as the frontman of Afro Celt Sound System, the Belgium-based artist N’Faly Kouyaté will be hitting the road for nine intimate shows with his new solo project. Beginning at Southampton’s Turner Sims on 8 February, the tour will include stops in Exeter, Manchester, Liverpool, London and more.
N’Faly Kouyaté’s UK tour is 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 Premiers Pas 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.
Filmed in South Africa, the choice of Nelson Mandela’s homeland as the filming 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.
N’Faly Kouyaté says: “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.”
More than a song, Premiers Pas is the resounding cry of a continent seeking to reclaim its voice and place on the global stage, sung by one of its most passionate musical advocates.
N’FALY KOUYATÉ – ‘RÉ-GÉNÉRATION TOUR’
08/02/2024 Southampton Turner Sims
10/02/2024 Isle Of Man Centenary Arts
11/02/2024 Bradford-on-Avon Wiltshire Music Centre
14/02/2024 Exeter Phoenix
15/02/2024 Manchester Band on the Wall
16/02/2024 Liverpool Philharmonic (Music Room)
17/02/2024 London Blackheath Halls (Recital Room)
18/02/2024 Colchester Arts Centre
Tickets on sale here: https://nfaly.com/
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