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V/a - Voltaique Panoramique Vol. 1

Artist: V/a
Title: Voltaique Panoramique Vol. 1
Format(s): EU2LP
Year: 0000
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 its 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 neighbouring countries such as Mali, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Located at its northern border, Niger is the only other West African country whose music stayed as isolated as the music hailing from Burkina Faso. Most of its 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.

1. Jean Bernard Samboue - Aicha
2. Cisse Abdoulaye- Jeunesse Willa
3. Pierre Sandwidi - Yamb NeY Capitale
4. Konde Mangue - Woulouni
5. Konde Mangue - Beni Idjanako
6. Orchestre Dafra Star - Ram Passomaye
7. Traore Seydou - Rassemblement
8. Orchestre Les Vaudou De Flamboyant - Kogo Ni Toulou
9. Ama Maiga - Deny Tologuelen
10. Echo Del Africa - Yiri
11. Idy-O-Idrissa - Bissongo Lebguin'wa
12. L'harmonie Voltaique - Killa Naa Ye Killa
13. Orchestre Volta Jazz - Djougou Malola
14. L'harmonie Voltaique - Noglem Nooma
15. Orchestre Super Volta De La Capitale - La Guitare De Tinga