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Onemind Presents Onemind



  • £18.34

Format: 2 x LP
Catalogue No.: BB157LPX
Barcode: 3521381572728
Release Date: 14 Oct 2022
Genre: International

The follow-up to the prodigiously gifted Star Feminine Band's 2020 debut album, sees the seven-piece all-female group - aged between 12 and 19 - from Benin release 10-track studio album 'In Paris'.

To produce a record can be quite an adventure - to do so with young girls from Northwest Benin is one tall order. Though not exactly a world music label, Born Bad took up the challenge and released Star Feminine Band's first album to critical acclaim. Unfortunately, the subsequent European tour was cancelled due to Covid. The pandemic didn't get the better of them, though; with their desire to go up on European stages still very much alive, the combo reappeared on the Transmusicales festival's line- up just one year later and recorded this album whilst in France.

The album presents a feverish and energetic soundtrack in which nabo, peulh and waama are enlivened with drum lines and spiced up with more "modern" sounds, spreading words of tolerance and kindness. Simple and direct, they speak of their reality, of the ills of young women who don't always have a choice. Often out of school and destined to selling peanuts, bananas or gari on the roadside, most of the girls around there don't have a future. Forced marriage, precocious pregnancies…

Thanks to the English lessons that their manager Jérémie Verdier has been providing every Sunday night for two years over videoconference, the girls even experimented with English lyrics in "We Are Star Feminine Band" and "Woman Stand Up".

"10 tracks that showcase the group as prodigious performers...it is hugely exciting to hear a fast-moving group with such an urgent message." 
- **** The Guardian

"From a tiny village in Benin, the girls of Star Feminine Band. ages from 12 to 18, make joyous West Africa pop with elements of Congolese rumba, garage rock and retro synths - feel good summer music" - Wax Poetics

"Their pop-infected mix of high life, Congolese rhumba and other trans-African styles is as ebullient as it comes, and probably very infectious on the dance floor"
- Artsdesk

"There really should be no excuse for missing out on such perfect pop this time around" - Backseat Mafia

DJ & radio support from BBC 6 Music (Cerys Matthews, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe), BBC Radio 3 (Music Planet & Lopa Kothari) + Resonance FM (DJ Ritu)

1. We are Star Feminine Band
2. Le Mariage forcé
3. Peba Ikisina
4. Ete we Gbetoyi
5. Le droit de l'enfant
6. Igousounon
7. L'excision
8. Nous sommes les mêmes
9. Woman Stand Up

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