Imany – Voodoo Cello Sophia Mitiku

Event Introduction

The beloved French singer and songwriter Imany brings her praised Voodoo Cello tour to Huvila and performs in Finland for the first time ever. The magical choreography between the deep-voiced artist and eight cellos brings big pop and rock hits of the past decades to life as stripped-down, atmospheric versions. 

Imany, or Nadia Mladjao, grew up near Marseille in a large family from the Comoros before moving to New York to pursue a career in modelling. After several years in the United States, Mladjao moved back to France and began performing as Imany, combining folk, pop, blues and soul music. Her debut album The Shape of a Broken Heart (2011) made Imany an international star, selling platinum in France, Greece and Poland. A remix of Imany’s song Don’t Be So Shy by DJ duo Filatov & Karas topped global single charts, in Finland as well. Her second album, The Wrong Kind of War (2016), cemented Imany’s position as one of the most popular English-language artists in France.

The immense success burned her out, and Imany had to stop and rediscover herself. Slowing down and becoming a mother were the keys to her new album. Imany wanted to produce and arrange classic songs from different decades for eight cellos and turn them into unique hypnotic versions, which resulted in the fabulous Voodoo Cello. Tilting its head to Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child, the album includes Imany’s versions of classic songs by Elton John, Bob Marley, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, Bonnie Tyler and others.

Nominated for the Best New Artist Indie Award, Sophia Mitiku opens the evening. The artist moves candidly in the space between experimental R&B and avant-pop, creating interesting, dream-like states.

Voodoo Cello
A concert show designed by Imany
Musical arrangements: Imany
Choreographies: Gladys Gambie / Thierry Thieû Niang
Light design: Jérémy Bargues
Creation outfits: Olivier Rousteing – Maison Balmain
Residence of creation in Théâtre des Sablons in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Imany, vocals

Rodolphe Liskowitch, Julien Grattard, Octavio Angarita, Lucie Cravero, Bohdana Horecka, Laure Magnien, Polina Streltsova, Leonore Vedie

More information:

Doors: 17.30
Sophia Mitiku: 19.00
Imany – Voodoo Cello: 20.30

Age limit: 18





-Disabled access: Ramped access at main entrance. Box office fully accessible.
-Disabled toilet (please note that the toilet is not fitted with an alarm).
-Wheelchair seating/event: 4 (more seating may be available depending on the nature of the show). Accompanying assistant addmitted without extra charge.
-Induction loop.
-Grounded outlet available in the seating area.

Event Information

  • Time:

    • Wed 30.8.2023 19:00

  • Address:

    Eläintarhantie 8
    00530 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    57 € (

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