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Audio: Analog Africa's Raw Sounds From Burkina Faso


We've been fans of German-based revisionist record label Analog Africa for a minute now. The AA crew basically dig deep into the depths of the mother continent to dust off forgotten, and often unknown, musical gems.

For their 10th release, they've put together Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979, a compilation of jams from the golden era of Burkinabé music. In the label's own words:

"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" the period's Burkinabé style." (AA)

The compilation explores one of Africa's most obscure sounds and showcases a wide range of  acts to come out of Ouagadougou and its surroundings, amongst them l'Orchestre Super VoltaAfro-Soul System, and L'Harmonie Voltaïque.

Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 drops October 10 via Analog Africa. Hear album-featured cut "Renouveau" by Amadou Ballaké et Les 5 Consuls below.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

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It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

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Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

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