In Likembe's recent post of African Divas (very enjoyable, by the way) one diva is missing in my opinion. When you watch this video you'll have to agree that Kandia Kouyaté even at the age of 18 met all the requirements. This clip is from her first performance on Malian television. But her self-assured smile straigth into the camera, that megapower voice, all the little gestures: this is a true diva!
Kandia is still active, and I have heard that she has recently recovered from a long illness. I'll post some more of her music in later posts.
The video is from the early 1980s and unfortunately has suffered a bit through time.
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