The early nineties saw the rise of a new cosmopolitan dance music style in Abidjan, mainly
introduced by Meiway. This new style, « Zoblazo », entered the dance floors
in many African countries, and is characterized by a simple uptempo rhythm and high tech instrumentation.
The chorus lines may seem a bit sweet for European ears, but Meiway's music guarantees a hell of a party!
Fréderic Ehui, as his real name is, didn't grow up in a family of professional musicians, but his father
played accordeon in his spare time, and his mother sung in the church parish. When he was 9 years old,
he started sing along in church as well. At college, he was part of a few school bands, and in 1978, one of those bands, Pace,
won a first price at a song contest. He separated from the band right after discussions on how to divide the price they won,
and Fréderic created his first own band.
In 1985 he arrived in Paris, where he created a new band, Défense d'Ivoire, but he worked at the same time at a gas station.
With his savings and some help from a bank loan, he financed the recording of a first album
« Ayibebou » in 1989, and it was an instant success in West Africa.
Over the following years, Meiway continued to release successful albums, where he further develops his Zoblazo style of music,
inspired on traditions from his N'Zema tribe (also called Appolo), but also other rhythms from Côte d'Ivoire,
from Ghana, pop, fanfare. His music is very dancable, and the lyrics are always relevant, be it on serious subjects or lighter
17 March 1962, as Fréderic-Désiré Ehui in Grand-Bassam