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Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974-1978
Now available as a CD, featuring all 15 tracks on the (now deleted) 2LP and a 20-page booklet. Stunning collection recovering releases from CVD and Volta Discobel, two of the Upper Volta's (now known as Burkina Faso) first indigenous record labels. Features the outstanding Super Volta (with singers Cisse Abdoulaye and Sandwidi Pierre), the prolific Harmonie Voltaique orchestra's blistering Latin-Mossi track "Nwendaramba" and the downbeat moral tale of "Kulig Runde," the unparalleled voice of Amadou Ballake and his group Les 5 Onsuls, the heavy rhythms of Super Mande, and more. An essential document of the raw, eccentric sounds of the Upper Volta's golden age, produced in the turbulent environment waged by the country's oppressive government.