Les Espoirs de Coronthie
is the second group that became hugely popular
with their "tradi-moderne" music, comparable to that of Etoiles
Hailing from Coronthie, a densely populated district of Guinea's capital Conakry, they sing mainly in Soussou and French,
and appeal to the public for both their semi-traditional music, inspired by the coastal region's folklore, as for their
lyrics. Formed by young musicians of Coronthie, they produced their first albums themselves and not without success,
as their second album « Dunuya Igiri »
sold 70,000 times, predominantly
in Guinea. It was their breakthrough album, and was recorded in the Magson Studio in Conakry.
When in Conakry, you can hear their music everywhere in the streets, in bars, shops, taxis, and on the radio.
With their first album, Les Espoirs won the Djembe d'or award 2002, with the second album the Djembe d'or 2004 award.
The three lead singers Mangue
, Sanso (Sang chaud)
have strong, sometimes even harsh voices,
very different one from the other, and they are for a large part responsible for the success the group has met.
With the help of band member and arranger Antoine Amigues
, the Espoirs de Coronthie toured in
France in summer 2007 where they gained acclaim from the French public during 26 concerts, and they came back in summer
Late 2007, they recorded a new album « Tinkhinyi »
in the Bogolan studio in Bamako (Mali). The album was released in Guinea in 2008 and can be ordered at Wountanara
Association in France.