10/10/10 is a special day, therefore here’s something a little left-field. This tape from Burkina Faso requires a leap of faith for me since it’s the kind of pop music I’d rather be hearing blasting out a car radio or in a Ouagadougou bar. To me, many of these synth-based regional pop styles sound way bubblegum when heard for the first time in a placid Brooklyn bedroom.
I am still figuring out what I think about this distinct and cosmopolitan synth-guided pop manifesto. (The song “Throu” is as compelling as four versions of “Avou Saaba” is superfluous.) But I’m obsessed with all things Burkinabe so for 10/10/10’s sake let’s see if Nama Jacky’s on some next shit and we’re still catching up. Thanks Jonathan.