“We’re Africans who live in Europe, so by the force of things our music is mixed,” says Gnahoré. For Fotso, the distinction between Africa and Europe is fading, as globalization and shared cultural references make it possible to keep a foot in each place. “No one is pure anymore,” Fotso says. “We’re open and combined.”
Gallo embraces the “Afropean” identity wholeheartedly.
“My own music is very inspired by rock and jazz, but the African woman that I am is always within me,” she says. “So it’s a term that corresponds perfectly to my vision of who I am. I have these two sides, I have projects in all different places. We’re all nomads, in some way.”
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