The band tell us energetically that ‘the old village beats of Burkina are leaving‘.
‘Now Burkina Faso is listening to the imported sounds of Guineé, but we asked ourselves why?’
‘So we decided to bring all that inspires us together, from our traditional and modern lives, to create a new and exciting sound that Burkinabés will want to stop and listen to’.
Strong rhythms, funky riffs, earthy bass and soulful voices. Badenya are young, innovative and inspired. And Badenya Percussion has only just arrived on the music scene.
‘We formed in December and already have enough material to go to the studio’.
But finance is not easy here, Burkina Faso is one of the worlds poorest country’s and finding cash for recording time is no simple task.
With some support from a local music association the band have a rehearsal space and have found a way to live in one house, a sort of musical-villa, stuffed with balafons and drums, tucked in a corner of sleepy Bobo-Dioulasso. They live together, eat together and find creative connection in each other’s ideas,
‘There is no leader in our group, we are all equal. If someone wants to bring an idea to the table then fine, we will try anything.’
They are dedicated musicians, inspired by the complex and irresistible rhythms of Burkina Faso and driven by an energy of youth that may well take their music far beyond Burkina’s borders…
Yacouba Diabaté plays kamele ngoni (the hunters harp)
Mohammed Outarra plays Calabasse
Diakaria Diabaté from Badenya Percussion plays a flute from Guineé
Diakaria Diabaté and Yacouba Diabté play some funky beats
(Note: when we have a better connection we will be sharing more clips of Badenya’s music)