Since 1981, The RFI Discoveries Award, highlights new musical talent of the African continent. Over the years, this Award has helped launch many artists who have since reached an international audience.
The RFI Discoveries Award listening Committee selected the 10 finalists of the 2016 edition. They were submitted on November 4 to the vote of jury chaired this year by the famous French rapper Kery James.
This year, Guinea had two nominees for the final of this competition organized by Radio France International.
After deliberation, the jury, chaired by French rapper Kery James, three artists were headlining. And among these artists is the Guinean singer Souleymane Bangoura, alias Soul Bang’s won RFI Discoveries Award; followed by the Haitian artist, Atis Constant, and the other Guinean Kandia Kora who respectively came in second and third position of the vote.
Soul Bang’s, the winner of the 2016 RFI Discoveries who is Very impregnated traditional rhythms of his country, invested a lot in urban music and especially in R N B.
Soul Bang’s is a 24-year-old singer and songwriter. He started singing at the age of 11, by integrating a rap group named Micromega. After this collective experience, the young man sook his way and his own style. He learned to play several instruments including the piano and guitar. in 2011, Soul’s Bang released his first album entitled Dimeni. Even though he sings in Susu, Mandingo and Fulani, Soul Bangs is inspired by the R N B. he participated in the project of American song Break the Silence (Bring Our Girls back) to request the return of a hundred young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Before winning the 2016 RFI Discoveries Award, Soul Bang’s was recently awarded best French artist in the United States.
Mamadou Dian Donghol Diallo