Various Artists Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Various Artists

Released on October 28, 2016 by Numero Group

Main artist: Various Artists

Genre: World > Africa

Distinctions: Songlines Five-star review (January 2017) - Best New Reissue (October 2016)

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Album : 3 disks - 37 tracks Total length : 02:58:34

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Air Volta

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  2. 2 Bi Kameleou

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  3. 3 Fitri Mawaly

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  4. 4 Djougou Toro

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  5. 5 BB Peyrissac

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  6. 6 Mama Soukous

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  7. 7 Fintalabo

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  8. 8 Wêrê Wêrê Magne

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  9. 9 Nâgô Fâla

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  10. 10 Mousso Koroba Tike

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  11. 11 Dounya Te Soyé

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  12. 12 Beni Djarabi

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  13. 13 Chérie Nawa

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  14. 14 Ma Douce Ledy

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  15. 15 Djougou Malola

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  16. 16 Na Dalo

    Volta Jazz, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  17. DISC 2
  18. 1 De Nwolo

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  19. 2 Sie Koumgolo

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  20. 3 Dounian

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  21. 4 Si Tu Maime

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  22. 5 Tjiranama

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  23. 6 Yafamma

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  24. 7 Foli

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  25. 8 Ram Passomayé

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  26. 9 Bombossi

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  27. 10 Sondja Magni

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  28. 11 Limaniya

    Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  29. DISC 3
  30. 1 Gentlemen Doromina

    Echo Del Africa, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  31. 2 Bissongo Lebguinw

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  32. 3 Dja Tigui Kie

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  33. 4 Milaoba

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  34. 5 Yiri Wah

    Echo Del Africa, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  35. 6 Néné

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  36. 7 He Ya Wannan

    Ouedraogo Youssef, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  37. 8 Arindo

    Idy-O-Idrissa, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  38. 9 Ne Toumdé

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

  39. 10 Boudou Nyida

    Les Imbattables Léopards, Artist, Main Artist Copyright : 2016 Numero Group 2016 Numero Group

About

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is a hefty, handsome box set; it's equal parts photo exhibit and musical anthology documenting the landlocked nation (now known as Burkina Faso) during the 1970s. It shines a light on Bobo-Dioulasso's music scene as an explosion of pop culture paved the way for 1983's coup d'etat led by Thomas Sankara (a former jazz musician) to rename the country. Revolution is a process, not an event, and this artifact offers one kind of proof. The 176-page hardbound book provides an introductory essay with a fine historical overview of colonial, post-colonial, and pre-revolutionary Upper Volta. A short note by photographer Sory Sanle offers his story, and is followed by dozens of his quietly stunning black-and-white photos that include studio portraits, promo shots of musicians, and night-time street scenes. There are biographies of the country's legendary groups Volta Jazz, Dafra Star (led by former -- and best -- VJ vocalist Coulibaly Tidiani), Echo del Africa, and Les Imbattables Leopards, and interviews. Full-color photos of various recordings adorn some pages, as do complete discographies of important labels. And, of course, there is the music. The set includes a disc each by Volta Jazz and Dafra Star. They offer rare tracks illustrating a startling crossroads where Malian and Nigerian melodies and rhythms collide with those of Ghana and Niger. Along the way, they encounter and build on Cuban rhythms, rock, and R&B sounds from the Americas. Check Volta Jazz's mind-melting "Mousso Koroba Tike." Fuzzed-up psychedelic wah-wah guitars and rock drums run headlong into highlife, accompanied by polyrhythmic hand drums and souled-out vocal harmonies. Contrast this with Dafra Star's fusion of call-and-response Malian folk and Latin-inspired funk in "Sie Koumgolo." Echo del Africa opens disc three with the cooking, Afrobeat-drenched funk of "Gentlemen Doromina." Later, they showcase a driving, Yoruban-cum-Juju pulse and chant in "Yiri Wah." Les Imbattables Leopards move through sweet, tender Afro-soul on "Milaoba" then get salsa-fied on "Nene." This disc also includes the popping dance number "He Ya Wanna" by Ouedraogo Youssef -- complete with Stax soul-styled horns -- and "Arindo" by Idy-O-Idrissa, a waltz-time R&B ballad whose melody derives from the Sahel folk tradition. Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is one of Numero's most obsessively assembled artifacts, and given their high standards, that's saying plenty. While many labels release varied, excellent portraits of music from the African continent, Numero's project illustrates a particular place and time that laid the foundation for an entire people to build a nation. ~ Thom Jurek

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