Because Burkina Faso is a primarily rural country, African Seer notes that a mainstream, electrified musical culture has yet to take root there. But no one told Bamogo that in the 1970s and 1980s, when he took amplified Western instruments and paired them with the syncopated styles of the Mossi peoples’ Waraba genre. Smooth vocals and hot-stepping beats on the djembe drums made for a revered sound.
A friend and compatriot of the above Sankara, Cissé impressed on his own in the realm of jazz. Drawing on French colonial cool and bucolic tempos of the savanna, his Vultures blanketed their infectious melodies with anti-imperialist lyrics. (See their above namesake song for such protests.) The multi-instrumentalist also served as a schoolteacher for decades, according to Le Faso.
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