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The Musical Titans of 1970s Burkina Faso Are Compiled in ‘Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta’

Numero Group's compilation 'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta' rounds up several spell-binding tracks from 1970s Burkina Faso.

Before Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso was The Republic of Upper Volta. During a period of cultural revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the nation witnessed an explosion of new bands and sounds across its large cities.


Centered around the cultural capital of Bobo-Dioulasso, the new compilation Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta rounds up several rare and spell-binding tracks from the notable names of the era like Volta Jazz, Dafra Star, Echo Del Africa, and Les Imbattables Léopards.

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta will be released as a 3-disc, 37-song box set by archival label Numero Group. It will also feature a hardcover book of photographer Sory Sanlé’s striking and intimate documentation of the faces and the scene of 1970s Bobo-Dioulasso.

Listen to our premiere of Volta Jazz’s “Wêrê Wêrê Magne,” which plays like a marriage between Burkina Faso and Cuba, above.

Order Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta from Numero Group.

Volta-Jazz-Wêrê-Wêrê-Magne-by-NumeroGroup 'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta' album cover.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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