Why not start the celebration of Burkina Faso’s Independence with an explosive live performance by rapper Art Melody. (You gotta love his t-shirt!)
Nomadic Wax recorded Burkinabe group Yeleen, doing an acoustic performance at the last edition of Waga:
The duo travels back and forth between Paris and Ouagadougou, giving them some international connections as evidenced by this collaboration with Magic System:
I had first heard that Burkina Faso had a rap scene through Yeleen, as well as from the Vrai to Vrai compilation posted at Awesome Tapes from Africa, which is still available for download, (Side A, Side B).
Burkinabe traditional music is typical of the region, using instruments such as the Kora, Balafon, and the Ngoni. It always excites me when rappers mix elements like those in, as seen in this video showcasing what seems like local youth arts programs:
Or when they sample: