Zoé Simpson – A Woman With A Voice !

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In a world which seems far too keen on silencing women’s voices, the simple act of speaking up is a form of rebellion. The singer-songwriter Zoé Simpson is one such artist who seeks to give voice to the struggles of women through her music. Thanks to a series of performances organised by Gatecrash and Spedidam, the artist struck a chord with audiences in Hyderabad (in collaboration with Alliance Française Hyderabad as part of the Krishnakriti Festival on Jan 6), Amravati (Jan 5), Pune (Jan 10), Bangalore (Jan 11), Mumbai (in collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay on Jan 16), and Bhopal (in collaboration with Alliance Française de Bhopal on Jan 19).

Zoé Simpson

Zoé Simpson

Zoé first caught the eye of the musical world with her off-beat 3 girls-band Les Valseuses. Eventually, she began to etch out a solo career after her talent was noticed at Francis Cabrel’s Rencontres d’Astaffort. Zoé cites Rickie Lee Jones and The Beatles amongst her influences but is ultimately inspired by the women in her life. Her songs touch upon desire, love, pain, and women’s dreams in her signature voice which has been described as powerful yet melodious. Her 10-track debut album Femme Debout was released last year and featured long-term collaborator Malcolm Crespin on the guitar. Malcolm also accompanied the singer on her maiden tour in India this year.

A still from one of Zoé's performances

A still from one of Zoé’s performances

An important aspect of Zoé’s India tour was Music Mulakatein – a unique initiative by Gatecrash which brings musical workshops and concerts to communities which normally don’t have access to them. As part of Music Mulakatein, she conducted a 2-day songwriting workshop on Jan 17 and 18 for a group of girls from Kranti which is an NGO that houses and rehabilitates daughters of sex workers from Mumbai’s Red Light district. The goal of this workshop was to help the girls write a song for themselves and their NGO. Zoé signed off by adding that it was important to remind women of the enormous strength that they possess and to encourage them to pursue their dreams. A noble message indeed which was beautifully delivered through her music!

The official clip of her song Novembre sous les cendres can be found below :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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