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BURKINA FASO

One of the lesser known countries of Africa with even lesser known music.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



ARTISTTITLENUMBERFMTPRICEBUY
BERENGER OUEDRAGO DANS BAANGA WK004 TC £ 6.50
Berenger is the son of Prince Edouard and is well known to me as a keyboard player on numerous Ivory Coast releases recorded at his father's Studio Prince in Abidjan.For his first solo outing Berenger not only wrote the music but also arranged, the keyboards, lead vocals and the programming! You might be deceived into thinking of this as one man band but a big chunk of its appeal comes from the guitaring of N'sika Basile and the delicious vocals of Joelle Seka and Julie Brou.
FARAFINA BOLOMAKOTE VERABRA26 LP 7.00 COL
FARAFINA FARAFINA-KANOU INT3206-2 CD 14.50 COL
A top selling album.
KINDISS ZOUAGNA DEVI E02831191 TC 6.50 COL
Congolese style guitar to the fore on this offering from Kindiss and boy! can they play it sweetly. Then a couple of tracks that are very like the rootsy 'Swede Swede' that's been sweeping Congo D. R. but here the influence is that super multi-beat Polihet rhythm. Finishes up with a gorgeous Cuban style track that just confirms how good this group are. Get your dancing shoes on.
NICK DOMBY FEMME FEMME FEMME ND02 TC £ 6.50
Nick grabbed my attention for the first time with the super track 'Soum 7' which appeared on his 'Best of...' album, which even though it was good, just didn't quite make the grade. This, his new album, which he recorded at Studio Bleu Orleans in Paris includes that track and eight more besides. The music is electronic to the core, using only a W30, Q Base and keyboards in addition to Nick and backing singers Corine & Orlane. Its a very modern dance orientated album much more in keeping with the Caribbean than Africa, not a kora or balafon in sight anywhere! (F.T. Index: Soum7, Rasmata, Saaga, Ya Bouin ) [9T/36M]
ORCH. UNIVERSITAIRE DE OUAGADOUGOU EVASION (Soukous) OUO2 TC 6.50 COL
PRINCE EDOUARD OUEDRAOGO VOLUME I E053192-4 TC £ 6.50
The Prince's Volume 1 which I've been after for a couple of years is not only arranged and produced by the Prince but he also plays guitar and sings as well. Mind you he also had a teeny bit of help from vocalist Ibrahim, the unnamed chorus girl and Exec, producer Bachot Muna. Like his Vol. II it's a quite flash affair and has the same rather funky sound that revels in those lovely Burkinabian rhythms. (F.T. Index: Ancien Combattant, Burkina Ramba, Zanga Ya Zanga, Conference Nationale,) [6T/32M]
PRINCE EDOUARD OUEDRAOGO VOLUME II E053292-4 TC £ 6.50
PRINCE EDOUARD OUEDRAOGO WEEND LAMITA E0106192-4 TC 6.50 COL
A real funky stomper with loads of crashing percussion, flash guitar and tremendously powerful vocals. Mainly super fast ziglibithy and if you can dance to all four tracks without stopping you deserve a medal even if it is posthumous, the speed as it gets to the 'zig' tracks on side two is overpowering. I'm sweating and I'm only listening to it! SOMETHING RATHER SPECIAL/GREAT GUITARS.




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