Les Espoirs de Coronthie


Biography :

Coronthie is the name of a district in Conakry, the Guinean capital, the oldest, poorest and most densely populated part of the city. Les Espoirs de Coronthie come from there. It all began in a little house where four friends had the dream of living from their music.

To this end, they invited several of their neighbours and began playing and dreaming. They started with percussions and traditional instruments such as the balafon and the kora. This made a virtue of necessity: other instruments cost too much and often required electricity, which is not always reliable in Guinea. It was a fine way of upholding rich artistic traditions.

As the new millennium loomed, this group of about 10 young people practised, rehearsed and began to make a name for themselves. They brought out their first disc in 2002, titled Patriote, which received an award for best traditional album in Guinea that year. Two years later came a second opus, Dounya igiri, again awarded the Djembé d’or as best traditional album, with 70,000 copies sold. The piece Contrôlez, asking for the people to have the right to choose men of integrity and sincerity to lead the country, quickly became a hit. In 2005, their energy brought them into the studio again, resulting in Wokhoyi, with sales of 120,000.

Their reputation spread beyond their country’s borders. They gave concerts in Mali, Sierra Leone and Congo-Brazzaville, continuing on to Europe in the summer of 2007 as part of a major international tour. During this time, they met Antoine Amigues, who supported them in their world conquest. Les Espoirs de Coronthie recorded their third album, Tinkhiyi,  in Bamako’s mythical Bogolan studio, where Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Rokia Traoré and Dee Dee Bridgewater had preceded them.

On stage, their original groove and the quality of the singers and musicians, along with their boundless energy, led to their reputation and success. Their dream had turned to reality: the group became a true phenomenon in Guinea and beyond. After performing on many stages in Europe and Africa, Les Espoirs de Coronthie are visiting North America for the first time.

Les Espoirs de Coronthie

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