Magic System will be celebrating 20 years of success on stage at the Henry Le Bœuf Hall during the 2018 Afropolitan Festival. When you have spent two decades getting entire generations up on their feet and dancing across the world, it is not easy to break away from the image of a group solely motivated by the party spirit. But there is indeed much more to Magic System than may first meet the eye. Their glory and success did not come easily. And the group's festive and popular success does not diminish the message of increasing awareness in their music, lending their voice to social and humanitarian initiatives.
Born in Anoumabo, a working class district of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), A'Salfo, Manadja, Goudé and Tino, the four current members of Magic System, forged were friends long before they knew any success. While retaining its roots in zouglou, the popular music of the Côte d'Ivoire, their music mixes a range of influences, from rap to raï and including RnB, electro and pop.
Their new album Ya Foye, celebrating 20 years of Magic System, also marks a new departure: among the hits for the clubs, there are songs calling for people to come together, messages of hope and appeals to preserve the planet.
Today, 20 years after first meeting, Magic System are still driven by an incredible energy that enables their music to cross borders, generations and cultures in an infectious spirit of enthusiasm.