Burkina grooves

Aboubakar Traoré, born in Burkina Faso, is an exceptional singer and talented camele n’goni player. He masters the ancient repertoire of the Mandingo Griots and is currently freeing himself from tradition through his personal compositions. In his songs he talks about Faso’s everyday hardships and pays hommage to the ancient ones who built West-African history.

The band Aboubakar Traoré & Balima is born from the meeting between Aboubakar Traoré, Guillaume Codutti and Bertrand Veys during several trips in Burkina Faso. Very quickly came the desire to play music together. The group has been playing since the summer of 2017 about two hundred stages and the album “Tama Tama” has been nominated by the Octaves de la Musique 2021 in the World Music category.

What makes Aboubakaar Traoré & Balima special? Their sound, their unique mixture of west-african musical tradition infused with elements from various genres: from jazz vibes to hip-hop beats, from ancestral ‘chants’ to contemporary production techniques.