Contagiously enthousiastic, Fania Niang has a beaming smile. Hailing
from Sénegal, she is singer, author, composer, performer. She entered
the land of music at a very young age. Her mother was a percussionist,
dancer, choreographer. Fania has fond mempries of watching her with
pride and admiration as she improvised songs while playing the callbass.
her music and her journeys to the four corners of the earth, Fania has
learned to untie the knots of her cord, as she tells us in the perfect
little poem that opens her album. Untie the knots and invite her audience
into her universe.
From the first notes of "Silmakha" on, Fania, brings us into her warm,
passionate, multicolour musical adventure, With time, she has gained
speed in untying the knots, flying with her own wings, creating unusual
expereinces. Which is how she arrived in Paris in the 1980 's. There
she met Jean François Bizot, King of the Underground, founder of the
magazine Actuel and Radio Nova, and Nova magazine. He incited her to
go to the end of her dreams, to do what she was born for, Music. Jean
Paul Goude also lit up on Fania. She became his model.
And one Jean Paul led to another, Gaultier, with whom Fania worked for
three years. She then collaborated with different groups: the brothers
Touré Kunda, pioneers in France of African Music, and then Kaoma the
renowned group of the Lambada in the 1990's, with over 14 million records
Today Fania has created three solo albums. "Sopi", which came out in
2000, "Naturel" in 2004, and today,the latest "Silmakha", which means
blind in Wolof. She brought it out on her own label Passion Music.
In "Silmakha" Fania enters the world of a non-seeing person who rediscovers
the world and its people, who questions the meanings of life and dreams
of peace. Let her guide you. Fania opens her heart and asks simply,
"please, can you help me cross over"? She has a very personal way of
using her voice. It reminds one of the vulnerability of Nina Simone.
We hear ourselves in the spell binding piece "Ma Robe Noire" (produced
by Gerald Toto) in which the velvet cloth and the layers of lining hide
and reveal the thousand and one gifts of Woman.
excellently surrounded, Fania collaborated with author Richelle Dassin,
and the famed guitarists: François Lasserre, Fadjala Diawara, Gerald
Toto . As well as, Ali Boulo Santo on the cora, Ignace Fofana on bass,
Papis Diongue on drums And Fix, from the group Java, on accordeon, and