Katia Dansoko Touré
Katia Dansoko Touré is a versatile journalist who focuses mainly on music, but also on West African and Caribbean cultures and societies. She currently works for the culture department of the weekly magazine Jeune Afrique as well as writing monthly columns for Jazz Magazine.
She started out as a journalist for Obs before moving to Senegal – where she worked as a freelancer – and then to Guadeloupe – where she worked for the daily paper France Antilles in the fields of culture, justice and society. She has also written for Slate Afrique, Rue89, Les Inrocks, Le Monde Diplomatique, Le Monde, and Le Point Afrique. She has been heard on radio stations such as RFI, Radio Nova, and TSF Jazz, and been seen on TV with LCI, TV5 Monde, and France Ô. On the music side, in addition to Jazz Magazine, she has worked with So Jazz (Vibrations), Kalakuta, Magic RPM, and Libération, amongst many others.
Although she’s been passionate about jazz(s) (something she sees as plural) since she was a teenager, her musical culture is very eclectic. She owes this to the record library of one of her uncles, as well as to travels in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guinea, Gambia, and Senegal, growing up with music that travelled with her as she crossed from one border to another, her final destination being Paris.