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Niasony’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Congolese singer
Is Singer
Model
From Republic of the Congo
Type Fashion
Music
Gender female
Birth

5 November 1973, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Age 47 years
Star sign Scorpio
Genre:
Soukous
Afro/cosmic music
Reggae
Afrobeat
Electronic dance music
Instruments:
Voice

Niasony Okomo (born 1973) is a Congolese singer, model and dancer born Alexandrine Severine Niasony Okomo in Republic of the Congo. Known for her smooth voice and message-based music, she currently lives and works in Germany.

She was born in Brazzaville in 1973 to Michael Okomo and Charlotte Nkounkolo and moved to Heiligenhaus, Germany, near Düsseldorf, in 1987. She has spoken of the culture shock she experienced with this move, finding a contrast between the bustle of Brazzaville and the small-town, often empty, streets of Heiligenhaus. As a teenager Niasony worked as a model, dancer and performance artist for various projects.

In 2013, Niasony was honored by the African Youth Foundation with an ADLER award for being an ambassador for African culture.

Niasony lives in Düsseldorf, Germany

Music

Niasony performs a style of world music in the genres of Soukous, Afro, Reggae and Afrobeat. Thematically, Niasony combines the sounds of dance music with serious topics of her homeland, including poverty and gender-based violence. She calls this style “Afroplastique” and has explained, “AFRO represents my roots and PLASTIQUE the poverty I’ll never forget — my first pair of sandals was plastic.” About her music, she has said, “Dancing in the rain is better than waiting for the sun.”

Some of Niasony’s music is in response to the 2007 deportation of her brother by German authorities back to the war-torn Republic of the Congo. Her 2014 debut album Afroplastique features club music sung in her native language of Lingala. Niasony has stated that she views her album and her stage performances as “therapy.”

Discography

  • Ponanini – Kongo Girl (single, 2011)
  • Nasina – I know you (single, 2013)
  • Afroplastique (2014)