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.
<p>Centered around the cultural capital of Bobo-Dioulasso, the new compilation <em>Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta </em>rounds up several rare and spell-binding tracks from the notable names of the era like <strong>Volta Jazz</strong>, <strong>Dafra Star</strong>, <strong>Echo Del Africa</strong>, and <strong>Les Imbattables Léopards</strong>.</p><p><em>Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta</em> will be released as a 3-disc, 37-song box set by archival label <strong>Numero Group</strong>. It will also feature a hardcover book of photographer <strong>Sory Sanlé</strong>’s striking and intimate documentation of the faces and the scene of 1970s Bobo-Dioulasso.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p>Listen to our premiere of Volta Jazz’s “Wêrê Wêrê Magne,” which plays like a marriage between Burkina Faso and Cuba, above.</p><p>Order <em>Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta</em> <a href="http://www.numerogroup.com/products/bobo-yy-belle-poque-in-upper-volta" target="_blank">from Numero Group</a>.</p><p></p><p class="image-media media-photo-credit"><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Volta-Jazz-W%C3%AAr%C3%AA-W%C3%AAr%C3%AA-Magne-by-NumeroGroup.jpeg"><img alt="Volta-Jazz-Wêrê-Wêrê-Magne-by-NumeroGroup" class="size-full wp-image-88592" height="500" src="http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Volta-Jazz-W%C3%AAr%C3%AA-W%C3%AAr%C3%AA-Magne-by-NumeroGroup.jpeg" width="500"></a> 'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta' album cover.</p>
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