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This Incredible Burkina Faso Album Is Nominated For Two Grammy Awards

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta, an album of vintage Burkinabe classics is up for a Grammy.

The nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today.

Despite the Grammys still having no love for afrobeats, there's one gem of an album that got two nominations for 2018: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta.


Bobo Yéyé is a compilation that 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 compilation 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, which was released as a 3-disc, 37-song box set, is nominated at the 2018 Grammys for Best Historical Album and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

We premiered Volta Jazz's "Wêrê Wêrê Magne," which plays like a marriage between Burkina Faso and Cuba, earlier this year, listen to it above.

Other notable Grammy nomees are Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Tinariwen in the (still questionable) World Music category.

Let's hope the Grammys get it together and recognize Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie, Tiwa and all soon.

Until then, we'll be rooting for this Burkinabé gem.

Check out 9 Vintage African Records You Need In Your Life.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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