Formed in 2016 by André Baleguem, a Benninese musician, with the intention to create an all girl band – “In the North, girls have no room to advance and women are put aside. I simply wanted to show the importance of women in the societies of North Benin by forming a female orchestra “.
With drums, two guitars, keyboards and some added percussion purchased by André, he put a call out through a local radio station offering free music tuition. Auditions remarkably revealed some of the girls had never seen or been near ‘modern’ musical instruments before.
The girls enthusiasm and determination meant they learnt quickly, rehearsing in between school time, a prerequisite for the free tuition and also to highlight the importance of education to enable freedom for african women.
André composes the songs, but he admits: “They bring their ideas. The dream of these girls is to become international stars. They must show the importance of women throughout the world. Speak of Africa, accomplish great missions around the values of women. They talk about female genital mutilation, abuse and violence against girls ”.