Fania, a native of Senegal, began her music career after moving to Paris.

Fania, a native of Senegal, began her music career after moving to Paris. Her initial musical foray came in association with the group Kaoma, known for introducing the lambada to Europe. She sang two solos on Kaoma's 1989 album, World Beat. Sopi, Fania's exceptional debut album, establishes her as a distinctive and engrossing artist. The tunes are firmly rooted in the sub-saharan soil of Senegal, yet welcome a number of compatible Western influences, and the mood and stylistic range of this material is engaging. Fania reprises several beautiful ballads, including "Ser" and "Sawawani." Electronica and hip-hop come into play on "Yiri," while reggae underpins the catchy melody that winds through "Yagou." Fania not only turns in a first-rate vocal performance throughout Sopi; she also played a major role as songwriter.—PVV