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It had been her starting point, the one that guided her most fledgling desires deep inside her, because in the beginning… was the word. Speech is at stake! One of Slam’s most influential voices in Africa, Ivorian slam artist Amee announces the release of her album “Au Commencement” scheduled for this October 19, 2019.
“The title “In the beginning’ is the first slam text I wrote,” says slameuse Amee. The artist declares that she played it from time to time during her performances, but not put it on a support for reasons of taste and or satisfaction: “I started recording it almost two years ago and it took me a while to get the result that my heart dictated to me because I had to reproduce the music I heard in my head and also because I lacked time and means because it is a self-produced title with the help of people who offered their time and knowledge for the arrangement and the pictures”.
Yet at the beginning, the 14-year-old girl at the time was lulled into art by dance, a passion for writing, especially poetry, the latter being on the edge of Slam. Over time, the one who becomes a teenager faces life in an Africa where women have no means to “get their say”, a luxury! Amee discovered a potential in her that needed to be developed: her pen having the Slam as a link.
“This title defines my creative process, it explains how I came to poetry, it speaks of my commitment, of the fact that I am at the service of poetry, of the revolution to which I aspire… of my new perception of artistic expression since also because slam is an outlet, a way for women to express themselves in a society where we have always been told that women must be silent…”, she says.
Woman, free in the head and in the texts. Amee, revolutionary in the soul, takes his audience into a universe where his pen reigns, with Au nom du Slam (his slam collective) or solo.
It is as an intellectual woman in the milieu of Slam where the leaders are women in Africa that Amee is eagerly awaited at the 5th edition of the international festival N’Djam se enflamme en Slam, an edition dedicated to slammers. The artist gives his opinion on why women are leaders in Slam: “I could explain it by the thirst to say, the frustration of the silence of the overflow lived. The world has the impression that women talk too much, and not because the “too much” is due to the experiences of decades of silence. Because in popular belief a virtuous woman is the one who speaks little, and that the woman must be virtuous for her own good. But in these silences we read sadness, we read depression, and not the good that we want to prescribe to him necessarily. Slam is the word she can take without asking permission. They have things to say that the world has not yet either heard or understood. This, in my opinion, could explain why female voices sound more resounding in Slam”, because in the beginning… was the word!
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