First time in Riga – soul music diva IMANY


The Author of phenomenally successful hits “Don’t Be So Shy” (Nr.1 in 11 European countries!) and “You Will Never Know”, French soul music diva Imany will perform for the first time in Latvia on the 29th of April. The talented artist with her velvet voice will visit Riga’s concert hall “Palladium” during the promotional tour of her newest album “The Wrong Kind Of War”.

Imany or Nadia Mladjao was born near Marseille, where her family moved to from Comoro islands. In her early youth she was a vigorous athlete with great achievements in the high jump. Thereafter her good looks and grace was well appreciated in “Ford” model agency, which signed a contract with her. And with this contract Imany became a very successful model and was working for seven years in Milan, New York and Cape Town. Parts of general were surprised when she suddenly decided to stop modelling and move back to France and focus on the song writing.

Her first steps entering the music scene were at gigs in Parisian bars and jazz clubs. The exotic beautiful girl with a unique and low voice singing about love; she did it so gentle and sensual that soon enough from “another singing model” she became a rapidly rising soul music star. And indeed – in her songs where jazz, blues, soul and ethnic music elements intertwined, poignantly and sensually revealing the soul of the Black continent.

Indubitable proof of Imany’s talent was her debut album which was released in 2011 – “The Shape of a Broken Heart”. This album received the Platinum status not only in France but also in Greece, and in Poland the sales ratings were so phenomenal that it even achieved the triple Platinum! Speaking about the album title, the artist herself replied on a question with another question: “Haven’t you ever noticed that the shape of Africa reminds of a broken heart”?

In 2004 Imany was invited to compose music for a film “French Woman” (Sous les jupes des filles). In this popular comedy, which reveals stories of 11 Parisian women lives,famous actresses such as Isabelle Adjani, Vanessa Paradi, Letitia Casta are starring. The song used in this movie “Don’t Be So Shy” became phenomenally popular in Europe in DJs Filatov & Karas remix version, it is played almost in all radio stations and have been in 1st place in France, Germany, Austria and other countries. In “Spotify” this version of song is played at least 93 million times.

This August Imany released her second album “The Wrong kind Of War” which topped the charts in France, Switzerland and Poland. In this album without already mentioned “Don’t Be So Shy” 2 versions, you will find more than one remarkable compositions, including “Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands)” and “There Were Tears”, in which the artist draws attention to the world around us and calling to protect it and make it better.

Ticket sales start on the 7th of December, 10 AM in “Biļešu serviss” ticket selling outlets and

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