NUMERO GROUP ANNOUNCES BOBO YÉYÉ: BELLE ÉPOQUE IN UPPER VOLTA, Out 28th October

NUMERO GROUP ANNOUNCES BOBO YÉYÉ: BELLE ÉPOQUE IN UPPER VOLTA, Out 28th October

NUMERO GROUP ANNOUNCES BOBO YÉYÉ: BELLE ÉPOQUE IN UPPER VOLTA, OUT 28th October

3-DISC SET OF SEMINAL 60s & 70s UPPER VOLTA ARTISTS W/ INCREDIBLE ARCHIVAL PHOTOS BY SORY SANLÉ

Listen To “Wêrê Wêrê Magne” by Volta Jazz

Bordered by the former French territories of Niger, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin, the landlocked nation of Burkina Faso has been the site of near-constant tribal, colonial, and political unrest for centuries. During a spell of tranquility in the ’60s and ’70s, the arid savannah then known as Upper Volta became fertile grounds for innovations in music, fashion, and entrepreneurship.  Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta takes an in-depth look at cosmopolitan city of Bobo-Dioulasso as it underwent a pop culture explosion, using rare recordings and remarkable photography to celebrate the region’s vibrant and geographically isolated music scene. From the orchestral might of Volta Jazz, to the smaller combos of Tidiane Coulibaly, to the minor league titans Echo Del Africa and Les Imbattables Léopards, Bobo Yéyé offers an intimate peek into Upper Volta’s prolific music scene.  Accompanying the three-disc set is an incredible hardbound monograph book featuring the work of photographer Sory Sanlé.

From his studio in central Bobo-Dioulasso, Sanlé documented his nation’s transformation from colonial foothold to cosmopolitan oasis. A melange of community elders and emboldened youth spill from the brightly lit confines of Sanlé’s Volta Photo studio into the dimly lit nightclubs of Upper Volta’s cultural capital.  Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta will be released via Numero Group on 28 October.

 

BOBO YÉYÉ TRACKLISTING

DISC 1

1. Volta Jazz – Air Volta

2. Volta Jazz – Bi Kameleou

3. Volta Jazz – Fitri Mawaly

4. Volta Jazz – Djougou Toro

5. Volta Jazz – BB Peyrissac

6. Volta Jazz – Mama Soukous

7. Volta Jazz – Fintalabo

8. Volta Jazz – Wêrê Wêrê Magne

9. Volta Jazz – Nâgô Fâla

10. Volta Jazz – Mousso Koroba Tike

11. Volta Jazz – Dounya Te Soyé

12. Volta Jazz – Beni Djarabi

13. Volta Jazz – Chérie Nawa

14. Volta Jazz – Ma Douce Ledy

15. Volta Jazz – Na Dalo

16. Volta Jazz – Djougou Malola

DISC 2

1. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – De Nwolo

2. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Sie Koumgolo

3. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Dounian

4. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Si Tu Maime

5. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Tjiranama

6. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Yafamma

7. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Foli

8. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Ram Passomayé

9. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Bombossi

10. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Sondja Magni

11. Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star – Limaniya

DISC 3

1. Echo Del Africa – Gentlemen Doromina

2. Les Imbattables Léopards – Bissongo Lebguinw

3. Les Imbattables Léopards – Dja Tigui Kie

4. Les Imbattables Léopards – Milaoba

5. Echo Del Africa – Yiri Wah

6. Les Imbattables Léopards – Néné

7. Ouedraogo Youssef – He Ya Wannan

8. Idy-O-Idrissa – Arindo

9. Les Imbattables Léopards – Ne Toumdé

10. Les Imbattables Léopards – Boudou Nyida

Self-Portrait (photo by Sory Sanlé)

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NUMERO GROUP ANNOUNCES BOBO YÉYÉ: BELLE ÉPOQUE IN UPPER VOLTA, Out 28th October