IMANY Live in Concert, Hyderabad
In Hyderabad on 15 March, HICC Novotel Hyderabad Entry by invites Invites available one week before the show at Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad
"Bonjour India 2013" is a festival organized by the French Embassy in India, Institut Francais, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Alliance Francaise.
Three years ago, a young unknown girl arrived in Paris, carrying only a few clothes, a photo book and a self-produced demo. It was a decisive moment for Imany. A perilous one. She had just spent seven years in New York, working as a model. Tired to be a "human hanger", she was determined to make herself a name in the music industry. She insists: she never considered herself as a model, so she felt she was ready for a new beginning.
She has no experience of the show business. A few songs only in her repertoire. Her entire stage experience could be written on a fingernail. But, with the help of her sister Fatou, she convinces the managers of several Parisian venues to give her a chance. As months go by, she performs at the Beau Lounge, at the Reservoir, at the Bellevilloise, and at the China Club. She "grows on stage", she gets confident. The buzz amplifies via the Internet, first in Paris and then beyond. Her personal style blossoms. With a raw melancholy, her husky voice sways through folk melodies not unlike those in Tracy Chapman's early albums. Slender and regal, she stands on stage, a reminiscence of Billie Holliday at Café Society, wearing an orchid in her hair. A startling combination of sobriety and glamour.
June 2008. Her performance at the Sentier des HaIles in Paris captures Malick N'diaye attention. He's the producer of Senegalese descent who discovered the singer Ayo. He encourages Imany to go on with her music, to write new pieces, to do more concerts. Soon, she's opening for many artists in Paris. N'Dambi at the New Morning, Wasis Diop at the Cigale, Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone at the Elysee Montmartre. She writes new songs, each one of them confirms the birth of an artist.
Summer of 2010. Imany is ready. She records her first work in the studio Question de Son. Some of the most famous musicians in Paris join her there: bass players Laurent Vernerey (Johnny Halliday, Alain Souchon, Benjamin Biolay...) and Stephane Castry (Asa, Keziah Jones, Kassan percussionist Steve Shehan (Paul Simon, Paul Mc Cartney), keybords player Johann Dalgaard (Gaetan Roussel, Johnny Hallyday), drummer Latabi Diouani (Angelique Kidjo, Grace, Souad Massi), and cello player Valentine Duteil.