By Aditi Maheshwari
Les Amazones d’Afrique, a group of women musicians from Africa aims to empower women and speak against violence. It is their founding principle to take initiative to empower women against all sorts of violence like spousal abuse, second-class treatment, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, etc. The outset of Les Amazones d’Afrique dates back to 2014. Valérie Malot, head of the booking, publishing, and management firm 3dFamily, encouraged several star singers to take an initiative and unitedly fight against violence against women in Africa and beyond. The consequent 2017 album, “République Amazone,” featured notable Malian artists such as Oumou Sangaré, Mamani Keïta, Angeìlique Kidjo, and Mariam Doumbia.