Inna Modja is a musician, songwriter, and visual artist from Mali. She grew up between Accra and Bamako where she was born. After learning her craft with artists like Salif Keita, and Rail Band of
Bamako, she relocated to Europe where her solo career took off. With her unique style, mixing Desert Blues and Hiphop, she’s now one of the most important Malian contemporary artists on the international scene.
Following the success of her first two albums, Everyday is a New World and Love Revolution, Inna’s priority was to go back to her roots and work on a more intimate and personal album. She recorded Motel Bamako between Bamako, Paris and London, collaborating with mythical Malian artists such as Cheik-Tidiane Seck and Oumou Sangare. She succeeded in capturing her roots, as when we listen to Motel Bamako, we find ourselves in the heart of Mali.
Inna, as a « female genital mutilation » survivor, is also a very committed artist & activist for Women’s Rights. She’s been standing up against Women abuse for almost a decade now. In the song, Tombouctou she denounces the crisis in the North of Mali with the help of electro loops and guitar riffs, led by a proud rap in Bambara. The video for was directed by Marco Conti Sikic & Inna Modja and filmed in the studio of Malick Sidibe, the legendary late Malian photographer.