Containing 13 rare and some very sought after recordings from Burkina Faso. Rich and fascinating stuff! the release comes with extensive liner notes and an insert with photographs of the original 7 inches the release was compiled from... TIP! Until recently not much was known about music from Burkina Faso, formerly called the Upper Volta. It is still one of West Africa lesser known forms of popular music. A few years before the country changed it's name to Burkina Faso, thanks to Thomas Sankara's dream for a new society, Voltaic music emerged as some form of true cultural revolution. Remote, poor and isolated, Burkina Faso looked to the orchestras and artists from neighboring countries such as Mali, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Located at it's northern border, Niger is the only other West African country whose music stayed as isolated as the music hailing from Burkina Faso. Most of it's bands and artists hail mostly from Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. They infuse some of the rich local traditions, such as mossi dances or dioula singing, with afro-Cuban flavours, American rhythm'n'blues, French pop or Congolese rumba. Electric guitars and organs swirl around balafon and solid horn sections. Despite the fact that the 1960's and 1970's Upper Volta lacked a proper recording studio and record pressing plant, there was a great deal of popular music produced in the country from the late 1960's to the early 1980's, mostly on seven inches. With over thirty 7 inches released, Bobo-Dioulasso's Volta Jazz is the most prolific of those Voltaic bands. One of their hymns, composed and sung by sax player Moustapha Maiga is Djougou Malola. Praising Bobo and it's inhabitants, this amazing bolero embodies perfectly the thinness, remoteness and grace of modern Voltaic music. On the same emotional level, Nogleem Nooma is one of the loveliest ballads to have come out of Burkina Faso. A short instrumental number Killa Naa Ye Killa displays the masterful playing of Semporé, perfectly at ease with his tenor saxophone, his flute and band direction.
Jean Bernard Samboue - Aicha
Cisse Abdoulaye- Jeunesse Willa
Pierre Sandwidi - Yamb NeY Capitale
Konde Mangue - Woulouni
Konde Mangue - Beni Idjanako
Orchestre Dafra Star - Ram Passomaye
Traore Seydou - Rassemblement
Orchestre Les Vaudou De Flamboyant - Kogo Ni Toulou
Ama Maiga - Deny Tologuelen
Echo Del Africa - Yiri
Idy-O-Idrissa - Bissongo Lebguin'wa
L'harmonie Voltaique - Killa Naa Ye Killa
Orchestre Volta Jazz - Djougou Malola
L'harmonie Voltaique - Noglem Nooma
Orchestre Super Volta De La Capitale - La Guitare De Tinga
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
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