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Bambara Mystic Soul - The Raw Sound Of Burkino Fasso

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analog Africa
  • ASIN: B005GXQFFU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Analog Africa Commemorative 10th Release! Post-independent Burkino Fasso saw an urban middle class willing to invest in the Burkinabe arts. A cadre of singers, bands, orchestras and, most importantly, competitive record labels arose who all played their part in ushering in a golden age of music in their landlocked nation during the 1970's - a decade marred by political instability in the country and an era of artistic enlightenment empowering the whole of Africa. In search of better gigs, well-to-do producers and sufficient recording equipment, Burkinabe musicians ventured across the surrounding region, returning home with a wealth of knowledge of their neighbors' distinctive styles. The raw sound of Burkina Faso combined Afro-Funk, traditional Islamic rhythms and subtle Afro-Latin sounds brought over by visiting Cuban ensembles. Mandingue melodies and guitar techniques from Mali and Guinea, however, were by far the most defining traits of a potent African mix that distinguished the Voltaic style between 1974 and 1979. Record labels across Burkina Faso sprung up to capture the newly born mystic and soulful sound taking over the country. Volta Discobel and Club Voltaique du Disque (CVD) emerged in 1974 and competed for the modern music of their people. Despite its humble beginnings as a record shop, CVD came to dominate the industry. Both labels worked with the heavyweights of the time, such as the majestic Amadou Ballaké, a national icon who is featured extensively on this compilation. While it might be Analog Africa's venture into possibly the most obscure of African sounds thus far, the sounds of the golden age of Burkinabé music deserve to be heard and the varying styles that came to define the era are completely covered in this 16-track release due on October 10, 2011. Five years since its foundation, Analog Africa has successfully organized the first-ever European tours for Colombia's Anibal Velasquez and Ghana's Ebo Taylor as well resurrecting the force that is Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, amongst others.

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3.5 stars. For some reason I thought this was a few notches below the regular high standard
of an Analag Africa compilation, so it took a while before I bought it. African Scream Contest,
Legends Of Benin and the Poly-Rythmo compilations are all classics and set an impossible high
standard to follow. Bambara Mystic Soul is not that jawdroppingly great, but after playing it
over and over the last few days I'm glad that I bought it, because most songs hold some great
moments.

Unfortunately the sound quality is a bit poor on some tracks, including a few of the better ones,
for instance on two of the heaviest funk numbers, the organ driven "Tink-Tank" and "Katougou".
Amadou Ballake takes centre stage and is represented with 6 songs. 3 of those are amongst the
absolute standouts. Both "Renouveau" and "Baden Djougou" are beautiful songs, and on "Oye Ka Bara
Kignan" he releases the funk. A style Ballake didn't play regularly.
According to Ballake, good horn sections was hard to come by in Burkina Faso, so even though he
realized his style was well suited for funk and afrobeat, he didn't record too much of it.
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Funky as you like. Analog Africa is the most exciting record label around at the moment.
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HASH(0x89f8cae0) out of 5 stars The Sound of Burkina Faso 74 - 79 21 Nov. 2011
By Hilton Royale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
3.5 stars. For some reason I thought this was a few notches below the regular high standard
of an Analag Africa compilation, so it took a while before I bought it. African Scream Contest,
Legends Of Benin and the Poly-Rythmo compilations are all classics and set an impossible high
standard to follow. Bambara Mystic Soul in not that jawdroppingly great, but after playing it
repeatedly the last few days I'm glad that I bought it, because most songs hold some great
moments.

Unfortunately the sound quality is a bit poor on some tracks,including a few of the better ones,
for instance on two of the heaviest funk numbers, the organ driven "Tink-Tank" and "Katougou".
Amadou Ballake takes centre stage and is represented with 6 songs. 3 of those are amongst the
absolute standouts. Both "Renouveau" and "Baden Djougou" are beautiful songs, and on "Oye Ka Bara
Kignan" he releases the funk. A style Ballake didn't play regularly.
According to Ballake, good horn sections was hard to come by in Burkina Faso, so even though he
realized his style was well suited for funk and afrobeat, he didn't record too much of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c6a6cc) out of 5 stars Burkina Faso blues 1 Jun. 2012
By The Nomadic Tribesman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
By the sounds of this album, one might assume that the music of Guinea and Mali had a much greater influence on the music of Burkina Faso than the scene to the south based in Lagos. It futher makes sense when you learn Amadou Balake spent time playing in Guinea and when he moved back to Burkina Faso he brought his Guinean guitarist with him. Balake is the star of this show with six tracks here and most of the best songs. One might also assume that the scene here was small as many of these songs were recorded outside of Burkina Faso for labels based in other countries, i.e. Sacodisc. There is even a song recorded in Benin by Balake's guitarist, Mangue Konde, after he had left Burkina Faso but it is hard to argue its inclusion since it is one of the stand out tracks. This is an album with a bluesy rock-and-roll feel.
If you are interested in further material by Amadou Balake check out two albums that repackage some of his early works: Popular African Music's Taximen + (Reminiscin' in Tempo / African Dancefloor Classics) or Orpik's collection Senor Electico. If your interested in a further exploration of the Burkina Faso scene you'll have to look for the impossible to find, low budget, Savanaphone release Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound of the Upper Volta 1974-1978 or the 2013 release on Kindred Spirits, Voltaique Panoramique 1.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89eae678) out of 5 stars Lively Up Yourself! 15 July 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Everything that I've bought from the Analog Africa label has been very good, if not excellent, and this CD of music from Burkina Faso, covering the years 1974-1979, is most impressive indeed. I'm no authority on the various styles of African music, but I know what I like --- that being most of the music that came out of various countries in East, West, Central, and South African during the 1970s --- and I like this stuff a lot. It's a very lively stew of sounds, mixing what I think of as "Afro-beat" with blues, jazz, and soul influences.

The talented singer Amadou Ballake, has the most tracks on this collection, and as good as his songs are, I think the other material on this collection is just as strong. I'm also not bothered by the somewhat "raw" recording quality of some songs. To my ears it doesn't track from the listening experience in the slightest.

In addition to some very lively and passionate sounding music, there is the usual outstanding packaging from Analog Africa. In this case the CD comes with a thick 44-page booklet that has copious information about each recording artist on this compilation, and a history of the label. CVD (Club Voltaaique du Disque) that originally released these songs. There is also an interesting, and funny, account of how the compiler, Samy Ben Redjeb, unearthed these recordings. Highly recommended for fans of African music.
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