𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒓 𝑽𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑭𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝑻𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒄𝒐
ɪᴠᴏʀɪᴀɴ ꜱɪɴɢᴇʀ/ꜱᴏɴɢᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ ꜱᴇᴛ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇʟᴇᴀꜱᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ᴀʟʙᴜᴍ, ʏɪᴛᴀ, ᴏɴ ᴍᴀʀᴄʜ 8ᴛʜ
Fely Tchaco might be one of the Bay Area's best-kept musical secrets, but not for much longer. Her highly anticipated new album, YITA (Deep Water) -- originally scheduled for release last Spring, but postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic -- is now set for release on March 8th, 2021.
YITA marks Fely's fifth full-length album, exploring themes of migration, human trafficking, and calls for social justice and the end of police brutality against civilians. The title track was inspired by her 2016 humanitarian trip to bear witness to Syrian refugee camps in Greece, and the album is dedicated to African and Middle Eastern migrants who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea; and was conceived as a tribute to migrants seeking better lives all over the word. But YITA isn’t just a solemn remembrance; it’s also a positive, inclusive celebration of cultural diversity and black joy, where Fely offers her uplifting vision of immigrant triumph and African excellence.
An immigrant who faced tremendous challenges herself, Fely was born and raised in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, where she released two albums to critical acclaim in the 1990s. She now resides in San Francisco, where she's continued to refine her sound and vision. She's released two more albums and an EP since 2004, racking up more accolades on this side of the Atlantic, including a 2010 Billboard Award nomination for Best Independent Artist, and an Independent Music Award for "Best Song" in the World Beat category.
Her music is firmly rooted in tradition, but cosmopolitain in composition and outlook. Her unflinching lyrics are inspired by current events, and always grounded in her own life experiences. Fely sings in many different languages: English and French as well as in the languages she grew up speaking, such as Gouro, Bete, and Dioula. A dancer as well as a musician, Fely specializes in the traditional rhythms of the West African forest region, such as gbegbe, gahou, alloukou, and the zaouli — a mask dance from her own Gouro people, that’s been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017.
Discover Fely's singular voice this spring with YITA, available on all major platforms, 3/8/21.
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