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Smarty, 2013 RFI Discoveries Award Winner, in South Africa

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Author of his first personal entitled album AFRIKAN KOULEURS with whom he has just won the prize RFI Découvertes 2013, Smarty asserts himself as one of the figures of African rap.


Listen to Smarty! 

Where and When to see Smarty?!

* Saturday 24 May from 9pm
as part of Bassline Africa Day
Line up include Vusi Mahlasela - Smarty - Akale Wube - Tumi - Reason - 8Bars Short - Yugen Blakrok - Riky Rick and more  
Bassline, 10 Henry Nxumalo, Newtown, Johannesburg
R 150 @ Computicket & R170 @ Door

* Sunday 25 May
as part of Africa Week Festival
Yeoville Bellevue

* Sunday 25 May from 5pm
as part of African Hip Hop Africa Day
Kitchener's, Cnr Juta and De Beers St, Braamfontein
R 50 @ the door

* Wednesday 28 May 
Alliance française of Maseru

About Smarty
In 1999, he participates in the compilation Faso Connexion with the title as lively as colliding Papou Chéri. In 2000, he creates with the Chadian artist Mawndoé the group Yeleen. 

In ten years, the group stood out as one of the most influential groups of rap in Africa. Smarty refines his style and reveals the plenitude of his potential. Both companions release five albums, receive numerous awards, including the best artist in Burkina Faso in 2007. They perform in Africa, in Europe and in the United States of America. 

Thanks to this strong experience, Smarty launches now into a solo career with the album AFRIKAN KOULEURS. Virtuoso in the manipulation of words and sentences, he confronts modern rhythms with the traditional instruments and brings a fresh look to everyday life. Recorded between Ouagadougou, Bamako and Marseille, Smarty invites on AFRIKAN KOULEURS the renowned artists such as Tiken Jah Fakoly or Soprano. 

To have a modern and contemporary sound with traditional tones, Smarty surrounded himself with musicians of the Bolo Bein Roots: a real artistic challenge!


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