Biography

DJATOU TOURÉ

from Ivory Coast

AfriPop & World music
Jazz & Traditional
French Chansons


*with Band
Djatou Touré         Ivory Coast: Vocal, Percussion
Iting Ley                 Taiwan: Piano, Violin
Arenor Anuku       Germany–Ghana: Guitar
Morris Mungoy     Mozambique: Drums
Jeff Chappah         Namibia: Bass
Rubina Vogel         IvoryCost: Back-Voc

* Duo/Trio – incl. French Chansons
Iting Ley                 Taiwan – Piano, Violine

*Solo – traditionel
Acapella + Percussion  Arhoko & Calabasse

DJATOU TOURE is an accomplished singer who mixes African poems with modern Afro Beatz and hot rhythms to make us want to dance! She sings in many languages including Bambara, French and English. In 2007 she won the Music Award Carnival Of Cultures Berlin.

Her repertoire consists of her own compositions, traditional songs from Ivory Coast, improvisations.

 Djatou Touré was born in Ivory Coast in 1978 into a Mandinge family who believe in the godesses of the earth, trees and nature. It is her belief that these godesses gave her the gift of a proud, dramatic and soulful voice and she must use this priceless gift by performing! Ever since she was a little girl, music has her passion and she knew that through her love for music she would find her way in life, as she says – “I was meant to be a singer!”. Her father’s friend owned a recording studio that Djatou used to visit frequently, he instantly recognized her vocal talent and encouraged her to make some professional recordings.

She studied at a well-known music college in Ivory Coast, Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts and is member of the Burida (National Syndicate of Musicians of Ivory Coast, Abidjan). She studied under professor Atta Kouassi (head of the National Orchestra of Television of Ivory Coast). She contributed to the musical telecasts ‘Premiere Chance’, ‘Podium’ and the musical broadcasts ‘Vacances Culture’ about traditional African dance events. She formed her own band ‘Novo-Group Quartett’ in Abidjan, which gave several live performances with world class musicians such as: Koumba Sidibé (Mali), Tiken Jah (Ivory Coast), George Makintosh (Liberia) and chorus of the groups ‘Les Woudy’ and ‘Blebo & Co’. In 1995 she attended Village Ki-Yi Culture, a renowned creative foundation in Abidjan, to study dance, music and theatre. One year later, in 1996 she began performing in concerts throughout Europe.

Another issue close to DJATOU TOURÉ’s heart is the campaign against female genital mutilation, she is deeply involved in this cause. „32 girls could not benn saved, but the generation of today can STOP this ritual!!“ (D.T.)   Through her music Djatou wants to raise awareness to this problem that is devastates millions of womens’ lives across the world.  Working with Terre des Femmes + Amnesty International.

 

DUO

DJATOU TOURÉ & ITING LEY
Vocal + Perc, Piano + Violine

French Chansons & AfriPop & Compositions

 ITING LEY-
At the age of 6 she learned to play the piano and a year later violin too. At the age of 9 she already demonstrated her talent on stage and won the first price for piano at the Hsinchu music competition several times. She studied under famous music pedagogues and pianist like Lu Jun-Zheng, Prof. Wu Jizha, Prof. Lin Wenjing, Prof. Chen Hui-wen, Prof. Ye Qing-Qing and Prof. Lai De-He. During her time at the university she played violin at the Taiwan University Orchestra. Since she came to Berlin she became interested in world music from Africa and Latin-America. She is working with many artists from different cultures (with Djatou Touré since April 2012) bringing her own view of music to the audience. ‘Music is the universal language because you don’t communicate with your mouth but trough your heart!’