After the 2009 record Eh Sanga, « My Life » is Guinean singer SIA TOLNO’s second album on the Lusafrica label. First, we should point out that the “Life” in question has been no bed of roses. Sia had a violent childhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Later, she was forced into exile when the civil war made life there impossible and learned the ropes in the harsh world of Conakry’s nightclubs.
« My Life » sums up the troubled existence of a woman who once dreamed of being a lawyer, and some of its songs burn with all the passion and flamboyance of a courtroom plea, calling for a better life for African women and protection for child victims of abuse, whether in the home or outside it. It also features love songs from the radically sincere Sia, who says herself that her heart is “unreserved”
Like her elder sisters Miriam Makeba, Angélique Kidjo and Oumou Sangaré, Sia Tolno makes her private battle everyone’s business and turns her joy in battling fatalism into a generous delight in sharing. « My Life » leaves its listeners stronger and more alive.
Sia Tolno mixes Mandingo tradition with Afrofunk, High Life, Afro Beat, with her band of 7 musicians, featuring the great Guinean guitarist Mamadou Camara.
Click here to watch "Polli Polli" from the new album
"Sia Tolno is being predicted to become a great new African voice" RFI
"Empoweringly feelgood collection" The List Magazine
"this Guinea singer is one to watch" Afropop Worldwide
"Van Blamah Blamah tot Shame upon u neemt ze de luisteraar mee in de lotgevallen van haar leven" De Telegraaf
ALBUM "MY LIFE" : RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 19th (LUSAFRICA)
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