Parts of the Proceeds from the album will go to open arms Organization


My Album YITA is a tribute to the migrants who lost their lives crossing the Mediteranean Seas and all of the migrants fleeing from war zones all around the world. PARTS OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE ALBUM WILL GO TO OPEN ARMS.


Fely Tchaco

“Yita” meaning (Deep Water) is a tribute to the migrants dying in the Mediterranean seas, victims of human trafficking, and slave trades around the world. “Yita” affirms Fely’s ability to express her voice to address social jucetice through her music. The sound of the album is steep in her African traditions with urban influences, such as Jazz, Afro Pop and more. In this album, Fely wants to convay a message of hope, peace, love, and happiness. It is a master piece, through which she has proven herself with an incredible ability to balance between traditional rhythms and modern sounds. Wether singing in her native Gouro language, Beté, in French or English Fely’s message and music is universal. Recorded at Jerry Martin Music Studio, with the participation of incredible musicians such as Jeff Simons on guitar in the songs titled “Tile Tete” and “Do Afe”, Abou Diarrassouba on Drums and Percussion on all of the songs exept for “Cawe Yoko” and “Blamer les Autres” where the drums and percussion was performed by Jon Kidd. Tim Hager played Rockn’ Roll guitar on Cawe Yoko. Recording sound engineer, studio productions and mixing by Jerry Martin. “Yita” features boisterous, spirited infectious tunes of Fely’s swooping lead vocal. Featuring dynamic hip-swiveling pulse from traditional acoustic to Afro-pop. Each lyrics on the album has been writen by Fely Tchaco, with different colors, and an amazing variety in rhythms and styles of music. A sound to which everybody can relate to. The more you listen, the more you enjoy. This album is made possible through the generosity of the San Francisco Arts Commission Grant Program for Individual Artists. Lear more about the artist at
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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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2012 Winner Best World Beat Song Independ Music Awards