Afrotysonia is an afro groove trio based in Helsinki, Finland. The first steps of the band were taken by singer Sonja Korkman and kantele artist Aino Kurki, who started playing and writing songs together in 2013 after discovering they shared a love for kora music and West African rhythms. In 2015 they invited the percussionist Macoumba Ndiaye to join them, and at that moment, Afrotysonia was born. In 2017 Afrotysonia released it’s debut album Dance on the Roof, which received a lot of positive reviews and was played in radios all over the world. The album was chosen one of the best 42 albums of the year 2017 by Huvudstadsbladet.
Since the start, Afrotysonia has performed regularly. The trio has f.ex. had shows at FestAfrica, Manse World Festival, Elephantasy, Etno-soi! and many other rhythm music and world music events in Finland. In December 2017 Afrotysonia went on a one-month tour to Senegal where they played at the Métissons festival in St Louis, the french cultural center in Dakar, Just4You – the biggest club for live music in Dakar – and even played at the biggest concert hall in Senegal, Le Grand Théâtre National du Sénégal, among other venues. The trio also performed live on DTV at prime time and some of Afrotysonias performances were broadcasted live on SEN TV and a few other channels. During the tour Afrotysonia collaborated with Omar Pene & Super Diamono and got to meet several of Senegals most prominent artists, such as Youssou N’Dour, Mamy Kanoute, Sahad Sarr, Soda Mama Fall, Takeifa and many more.
In August 2018 there was a change in the line-up, when the brilliant kantele player Aino Kurki was replaced by the brilliant kantele player Aino Ruotanen. Fun fact: In addition to having the same first name and playing the same instrument, they also share the same home town – Rääkkylä in eastern Carelia. At the moment Afrotysonia is planning the release of it’s second music video ”Dreams” as well as a tour in Senegal.
Afrotysonia is also the name of a flower with soft spikes, whose roots dig deep into the African soil.