Thursday, August 04, 2011

 

Ouobraogo Charles





Face A
Zâmsdo
Widga

Face B
Yel Doûûssa
Pag La Rao Yingre

This tape from Burkina Faso has been a minor revelation for me this week. On a scale of dull to wild I'd give it a "bananas++". Fast, energetic, fascinating harmonies, often hard-to-track rhythmic patterns. The kinds of things that make a guy's heart go pitter-pat on this sunny afternoon in Copenhagen.

Early August tour starts tomorrow. Holler at me if you're around:

05.08 DK Sejerø Festival
07.08 PL Katowice Off Festival
08.08 UK London Cafe Oto
11.08 CH Geneva Ecoutes au Vert
12.08 NL Venlo Zomerparkfeest
13.08 DE Hamburg MS Dockville

Comments:
boooo why aren't you playing in berlin? just three hours east
 
This tape is so great! Thanks! A friend of mine from Burkina has this to say about Charles:

"Charles is my friend, but he is dead 3 years ago. The last time we met, we talked about african culture. Charle wanted to preserve african wisdom ,proverbs in his songs for children.He is also singing for orphans care. I am happy you like his songs"
 
@berts, I will be back in Berlin soon enough, no worries!

@Jonathan, I knew you'd know something about this!
 
I spent part of my childhood in Bobo Dioulasso Haute Volta(now Burkina Faso) and Charles reminds me of these lazy sunny days of the 1960's...

Antoine from France.
 
Brian,

the "hard-to-track rhythmic patterns" come pretty straight from the traditional music of the Mossi, the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso, counting more than 40% of the population.

Unfortunately, it' s very hard to find some information about the traditional music; you might find a few albums from the 70th, from labels like Club Voltaïque du Disque...
A-
 
yes, please come to berlin!
 
what a great cover! lawn chair grace for sure
 
Anyone else having trouble downloading this? sorry to hassle..
 
I don't enjoy this tape as much as some, but the line "On a scale from dull to wild this is bananas++" jumps to the top of my list of quotable quotes!
 
hi. I am new on this blog and somehow still can not find any passwords for packed files. any help?
 
hi marko, no passwords, they should unzip ok....let me know if you have a problem.
 
Hey any chance this could be re-uped ? Based on your description, I am really excited for this !

Thanks !
 
hey! just click on the individual songs, the zshare link is donesky. thanks!
 
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