Released in March 2017, République Amazone is the debut album by Les Amazones d’Afrique. It features guest contributions by Angélique Kidjo, Mariam Doumbia (Amadou & Mariam), and Nneka as well as key vocalists Rokia Koné and Mamani Keïta. The album was produced by Liam Farrell (Tony Allen, Mbongwana Star) and released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records.
The first single, ‘I Play the Kora’, bears a provocative title. Traditionally, the kora has been an instrument played exclusively by men— by stating that women can also play the kora, they reclaim their integrity. While this song might appear to be an attack on men, it is actually a love letter to them, asking them to respect and love their daughter, wives and relatives. In the song, they ask to be treated as equally, with the hope of creating a better world.