Title - 'YITA (Deep water)'
Artist - Fely Tchaco
For those not in the know, for African women, singing can be the road to many challenges; however, the same road can lead to personal power which can move mountains, inspire and win battles.
Drawing from her own life's experience as well as folk wisdom, Ivory Coast singer songwriter Fely Tchaco (who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area) embodies the new generation of artists who remain attached to their African heritage, while at the same time maintaining a resolutely modern outlook on the world.
If beauty is all it takes for success, well then Ivory Coast music sensation Fely Tchaco embodies this quality and more.
Multi talented, Billboard Nominee, Singer Songwriter, performer, Fely Tchaco who moved to San Francisco in the early 2000 was born and raised in Cote d'Ivoire West Africa.
Fely’s passion for music began in her early teenager years. She started singing French ballad and popular songs in piano bars and music venues throughout the Ivory Coast to establish herself as a singer doing cover songs.
1996 Fely released her first album Amour Perdu as an independent artist and was distributed by EMI Cote d’Ivoire back then called Emi Fat Music, followed by another one 1998, which launched her career with her song titled 'Mon Espoir'.
In 2004 Fely recorded and released her first U.S. debut album De Zere Gnan followed by an EP Awareness in 2008 and Maturite in 2011.
In 2012 her song 'Goba' from the album 'Maturite' won the Independent Music Awards in the World Beat song category. Another song of the same album called 'Toilata' also had an honorable mention in the International Songwriting Competition in 2010 (where Fely was among the top 10 finalists from over 15,000 entrants).
In early 2014, she made it as an extra for the NBC series Looking in 2011 and was also cast as an extra for the movie 'Contageon.'
Fely Tchaco's highly anticipated new album YITA (out March 8th, 2021) is a tribute to African migrants dying in the Mediterranean seas whilst also being a call for social justice and police brutality against civilians.
The album was scheduled to be launched in the spring of 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the release has been postponed to this now later date in March.
1. 'Ato Lagoh'
2. 'Cawe Yoko'
3. 'Blamer Les Autres'
4. 'Djebi Dje'
5. 'Do Afe'
9. 'It's Never Too Late'
10. 'Tile Tete'
This quite mesmerizing new album opens on the rhythmic drum mastery of both 'Ato Lagoh' and 'Cawe Yoko' and follows them seamlessly with the lusciously Latin-flavored 'Blamer Les Autres' and the electronica-inspired beats of 'Djebi Dje,' and then we get one of my own personal favorites here, the sweepingly ambient 'Do Afe.'
Next up are more foot-tappin' beats within 'Zaouli' which is backed by the highly spirited 'Zante,' which are in turn followed by the quietly moving title track 'Yita,' the percussion-imbued 'It's Never Too Late,' with the album rounding out on the light and breezy, Summer's day, top down drive of 'Tile Tete,' closing on the joyous tones of 'Kubeli.'
Her lyrics draw on life experiences, ruminating on what is going on in the world today and Fely also sings in many different languages; English, French as well in her native Gouro language, emphasizing her cultural background.
Fely is the total package. With a powerful persona and a positive aura, she is a dynamic performer and dancer as well as specializing in rhythms of the West African forest region - such as Gbegbe, Gaou Alloukou and Zaouli, et al.
Furthermore, Fely collaborated with renowned composers such as Jerry Martin (former Audio Director at EA) and Serge Bile (an international author and writer based in Martinique) and lately with Grammy Awards winner Christian Tumalan.
In addition of being a singer songwriter performer, Fely is a mother, a wife, visual artist and a fashion designer. She combines her art and fashion to express her creativity in her music and on stage.
Beside her music, Fely Tchaco is also a visual artist, fashion designer and entrepreneur.
One of her projects is to raise a fund to go to Africa and create a documentary on the Zaouli Dance mask of the Gouro tribe; which is the rhythm adapted in her award winning song 'Goba.'
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