Inspired by famed world musician Salif Keita, Malian vocalist Inna Modja eventually renounced her African origins in favour of a commercial soul-pop style influenced by her globe-trotting past.
Born Inna Bocoum in Bamako, Mali, her music is a blend of pop, soul, and traditional African rhythms. She is currently one of the most influential Malian contemporary musicians in the worldwide arena, with her distinctive sound that combines Desert Blues and Hip-hop.
The bad lady of Malian French Musical delivers, hard-hitting and seductive, firmly devoted to social justice yet with a natural pop flare. She has a feline presence on stage. every time she sings, Heartfelt lyrics and lovely music merge to deliver a profound message.
In 2009, she signed to Up Music and released her debut album, “Everyday Is a New World,” following it up with her sophomore outing, Love Revolution, and its hit single, “French Cancan,” in 2011.
As a victim of “female genital mutilation,” Inna is also a dedicated artist and advocate for women’s rights. For nearly a decade, she has been speaking out against women’s violence.
With the assistance of synth loops and guitar riffs, she denounces the catastrophe in northern Mali in the song Tombouctou, which is led by a proud Bambara rhyme.
One of her main goals is to change people’s perceptions of Africa and African music in particular.
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