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Hometown: Bronx, NY
Management: Howard Tomlinson, Howard Tomlinson
Born in Burkina faso(formerly Upper Volta)& grew up in Abidjan,Côte d'Ivoire, Mai Lingani is one of the most talented composers, lyricists, and performers in West Africa.
Since 2001 She divides her time between New York City and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
She started singing during her late teens.
She studied at the National Art Institute in Côte d’Ivoire.
Mai Lingani sings in tree different languages(Bissa,More and Dioula).
1998: she received the Grand Prix National de la Chansson moderne Burkinabè, the most important music award in her home country, Burkina Faso, in recognition of her talents as a composer and lyricist, and as a performer of her own works.
In 1996, she met the musicians Lukas Ligeti(AUSTRIA) and Pyrolator Kurt Dahlke(GERMANY)& participated in the recording of their group Beta Foly's, critically acclaimed CD.
This was her first international release. ("Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly", Intuition Records, Germany, 1997).
Since then Mai has performed at some of the most highly acclaimed venues in the US,in Europe and in Africa. She has also been highly lauded for her amazing live performances in the New York Times, The Daily News, New York Post, The Village voice & more.
Once you experience her live, you will never be the same again. Mai Lingani, "A LEGEND MAKING".
“lead vocalist Mai Lingani, who combines powerful pipes, wild moves, and an irresistibly joyous stage presence.”
AfroPop - AfroPop magazine
“Dans le registre de l'actualité culturelle, on inscrira la sortie du nouvel album de l'artiste musicien burkinabè Maï Lingani,”
SAN FINNA - SAN FINNA
“Merveilles abrégées de la nature ". Au Moyen Age, c'est ainsi qu'on appelait les dames au physique de Maï Lingani.”
Merneptah Noufou Zougmoré - L'Evenement
“Afrika Emotion, en partenariat avec le jardin de la musique Reemdoogo, organise un concert géant à l’honneur de « l’Américaine »”
RV Honla - L'observateur Paalga
Un film de Fanta Régina Nacro
Musique : Yacouba Compaoré, Maï Lingani”
Autour du 1er Mai - Autour du 1er Mai
“(Maï Lingani et Abdoulaye Kouanda)”
rfi decouverte - rfi
“Mai Lingani, a vocalist of irrepressible energy and unwavering self-assurance.”
JON PARELES - New York Times
“New York African Chorus Ensemble Kwanza Extravaganza Show in ...”
“Burkina Electric fait « boum » - Festival de Jazz de Montréal .”
Julia Haurio - Touki Montreal
“La voix de Maï Lingani sonne pour le Burkina”
Alassane Kere - Sidwaya,Le faso.net
“Maï Lingani : S'imposer avec ses racines - le Faso.net, l'actualité ...(Sidwaya,Burkina faso)”
Alassane KERE - Le faso.net
“When Lingani starts to sing, her rich, powerful voice is so over-mic’d that it makes my stomach rustle.”
Deborah Jowitt - Village Voice
“aside from the fabulously charismatic singer Mai Lingani and her backup dancers) is seeing Ms. Armitage work through ideas of partnering.”
Claudia LARocco - New York Post
“Mai Lingani. One of the most acclaimed vocalists to hail from her native
Burkina Faso, Lingani was a 1990s staple of Zaka, that nation’s premier music club.”
Mafrika Music Festival
“It certainly helps that the group includes a singer as strong and charismatic as Mai Lingani—who's a star in Burkina Faso and can rough up her limber, glassy voice into a startling growl”
Peter Margasak - Chicago Reader
“the sultry-voiced singer Mai Lingani charmed and dancers riveted the crowd.”
Vivien Schweitzer - The New York Times
“The spotlight lands instead on Mai Lingani, a vocalist of irrepressible energy and unwavering self-assurance. Singing (or shouting) in a handful of languages, she galvanizes even when her backing falls short, as on “To Mi To Zi,” built on a squawky electronic vamp, and “Naab Koobo,” redolent of a synth-drums demo”
Nick Chenen - The New York Times
“But the heart and soul of the band is lead vocalist Mai Lingani, who combines powerful pipes, wild moves, and an irresistibly joyous stage presence.
The AfroPop Blog
“One of Africa's first electronic acts, the band was formed several years ago by Austrian composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti, with singer Mai Lingani and guitarist Wende Blass from Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, and electronics wizard Pyrolator from Dusseldorf, Germany.
"...The music of Ligeti and Lingani points to a new fusion, one in which electronic and acoustic sounds blur together and elements from Anglo/Euro and West African music meet, mingle and party down without one being ceding to the other."
Mark Kressman - Jazzreview.com
"Lukas Ligeti and Mai Lingani take world music into the outer limits."
Chris Macias - The Sacramento Bee
“Mai Lingani delivers an astounding African song during the event, backed by the choral group.
“Her unique sound has earned her respect for her fusion of African traditions with electronics and experimental compositions.”
William Farrington - Rhythm Revolution NY
“West African pop singer from Burkina Faso that New York Times’ Claudia la Rocco called the fabulously charismatic singer is back again with her band The Tangare”
Afrobeat Radio - Afrobeat Radio
“MAI LINGANI, is one of the most popular singers out of Burkina Faso, West Africa.”
Administrator - New African Production