Sia Tolno, Guinean Superstar

Sia Tolno is a singer, songwriter, and composer born on February 21, 1975 in Gueckedou, a town in the Guinean forest region south-east of Guinea1 near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia, inhabited by ethnic groups Kissi.

She is noticed by the singer Steady Bongo and becomes her chorist, while following at the same time computer studies, but this period does not last: the Sierra Leonean Civil War forces her to flee and to take refuge in Guinea, first at Gueckedoupuis in Conakry in 1996

She started singing in bars and nightclubs with a repertoire composed of soul1 covers and French songs (La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf or Do not Leave Me by Jacques Brel in the version of Nina Simone), American (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan) and Africa (Miriam Makeba and Monique Séka) .

A first album (The Voice of the Forest) of national dimension was released in 2002, and Sia gives several concerts in Guinée Forestière as part of a vast campaign for the distribution of food and medicine to war refugees and displaced people (a consequence rebel incursions of which the region was a victim) with the help of the UN, the French Embassy in Guinea, and the Catholic Church of Guinea (Caritas organization).

This learning eventually led her to represent Guinea in the Africastar competition (the equivalent of the Nouvelle Star program for French-speaking Africa) in Libreville, Gabon in 2008, where she finished in third place. The power of his voice, regularly compared to those of Angélique Kidjo or Miriam Makeba, and the elegance of his phrasing [non-neutral] make a strong impression on the Gabonese musician Pierre Akendengué who presents it to the Lusafrica label.

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