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date: 19 October 2020

Koné, Aïchalocked

(21 May 1957– ), musician,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in the Adjamé Dallas neighborhood of Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast on 21 May 1957, the youngest of fifteen children of her father, Koné Yanourga Moussa, a doctor, and her mother, Férima Macoura Traoré. Her parents were from aristocratic Manding families. Although Koné showed interest in music early in life, her father considered music to be a low-class profession. She refused to obey her father and secretly enrolled in the National Institute of the Arts in Abidjan. She started out as a choir singer and began her professional career as a vocalist on the Orchestre de la Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (ORTI). Koné’s powerful voice attracted the attention of producer Boncana Maïga, a Malian producer who had gone into exile in Ivory Coast. Koné put out her first solo album in 1979, Denikeleni.

The relatively prosperous economy of Ivory Coast in the 1980s favored her ...

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