Radiant and energetic, Pamela Badjogo reveals her unique musical universe through her first solo album, “Mes Couleurs”, which was first unveiled in January 2016 at the French Institute of Mali. Her music is a mix of blues and afro-jazz sounds inspired by the Bantu traditions of her native Gabon, and the Mandingo rhythms of Mali, her adopted country.
After several performances in West Africa at festivals such as MASA in Abidjan or Jazz in Ouaga, and a French tour in summer 2016, she was one of 10 finalists in the prestigious international competition “Prix Découverte RFI 2016” organised by Radio France International. At the same time, Pamela toured throughout Europe as a spokesperson and chorus singer in Les Amazones d'Afrique, an all-female collective of West African musicians campaigning for gender equality and campaigning to stop violence against women.
She had a spectacular start to the year 2017, with a passionate performance of her single "Koulé" at the closing ceremony of the African Cup of Nations in front of thousands of spectators at the Libreville stadium in her native Gabon. At the same event, she sang "For our sisters and our mothers", a song composed by Coumba Gawlo and Lokua Kanza, fighting against breast cancer, together with Coumba Gawlo, Charlotte Dipanda, Rokia Traoré and Josey. The previous day, she performed with her group at the CAF Gala Dinner.
After her showcase at the Atlantic Music Expo in Praia in Cabo Verde (April 2017) and a series of concerts in Bangui (Central African Republic), during the summer she conquered the Chicago public at the Bantu Festival, and put in a rousing performance at the Lausanne Afro Fusion Festival in Switzerland. She will be back at the French Institute of Mali at the end of September and in Cameroon in January 2018.
Pamela was born in 1982 in Libreville, Gabon where she grew up, before moving to Mali in 2005 to continue her studies in microbiology. In 2007, she won second prize in “Case Sanga”, a radio reality show broadcast on the pan-African channel Africable. She lent her voice to the cartoon “Kirikou & Karaba”, and performed on stage and in the studio as a backing singer alongside renowned artists such as Salif Keita, Matthieu Chedid, Oumou Sangaré, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Danakil and Dee Dee Bridge Water. In 2011 and 2012 she sang in the Bamakool Jazz band.
Pamela Badjogo's band is composed of four talented musicians :
- Jean Francois BILE (bandmaster / keyboards / backing vocals)
- Joseph Djoman "Scotty" AKRE (artistic direction / saxophone)
- Roméo DJIBRE (drums / backing vocals)
- Elisée SANGARE (bass guitar)