Farida Amadou started music by singing and playing the guitar mainly self-taught. A few years later, she started playing jazz and hip-hop on the bass guitar, her main instrument since 2011. In 2013 she immersed herself in free improvisation, notably with percussionist Tom Malmendier with whom she founded the duo Nystagmus in 2014.
Farida Amadou souvenir - opening up for Thurston Moore at Ancienne Belgique. Pics by Laurent Orseau
Farida Amadou (born 1989) is a self-taught bassist based in Liège, Belgium. As an autodidact, Amadou draws the most exciting sounds from her bass without losing sight of the musicality. During her short musical career, she gained recognition nationally through stimulating collaborations with people such as Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Mette Rasmussen and Julien Desprez.
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Farida Amadou is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from the free-improvisation/experimental scene in Europe, having treated us to some explosive performances with Steve Noble and Thurston Moore here over the past few years.