DJATOU TOURE

DJATOU TOURE

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
BandWorldR&B

His artistic creations stand for the synthesis of tradition and
avantgarde. JOAQUIN uses his extensive experience and education in contemporary dance, ballet, theatre and song, merging those with the centuries-old tradition of Santería shamanism and Cuban theatre.

Biography

DJATOU TOURÉ is an accomplished singer who mixes African poems with modern Afro Beats and hot
rhythms to make us want to dance! She sings in many languages including Bambara, French and English.
Her repertoire consists of traditional songs from Ivory Coast, improvisations and her own compositions.

Djatou Touré is the WINNER of the MUSIC AWARD CARNIVAL OF CULTURES 2007!

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.

For Djatou Touré, music is something personal.
She explains that her songs come to her in a hap-hazzard manner, without a clear reason or order to them!
The melodies and lyrics appear in her mind at any given time, at home later, she develops the ideas into tangiable songs for her repertoire.
These songs speak tenderly of the universal themes and experiences of love and pain.

Another issue close to DJATOU TOURÉs heart is the campaign against female genital mutilation, she
is deeply involved in this cause.
Through her music Djatou wants to raise awareness to this problem that is devastates millions of womens’ lives across the world.