The singer with a Congolese background released her self-titled début album in 2013 and won the Award "Coup de Cœur Francophone" of the Academy of Music Charles Cros.
Whether singing in Lingala, French or English, Gasandji is an artist who touches her audience whole-heartedly. Her haunting, magical voice has been heard at a number of great festivals including Womad, Cully Jazz Festival and Afrika Festival Wuerzburg where she received the Afrika Festival Award 2014.
She is also a voice, a style (shaven head adorned by just one plait) and a spirit. On stage she exudes an air of class, empathy and finesse. Her band is made up of drums embellished with African percussions, an acoustic guitar and flute. Her sidemen are at her beck and call, attentive and always ready to follow her into whichever one of her many musical worlds, from the most intimate to the most festive.
"Her name means something like: the one who creates consciousness. And that's indeed what she does with her glamorous voice and her filigree songs in which the traditions of her home melt together with soul, pop, reggae and a bit of jazz to an urban style that doesn't deny its origin."
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