Art Melody – “Wogdog Blues”


Two years after the acclaimed Zound Zandé album, Burkinabé rapper Art Melody returns with Wogdog Blues – Ouagadougou blues.

An ambitious album which stretches the limits of African hip hop and throws the listener into a musical vortex. Produced by Redrum and Minimalkonstrunction, the beats draw from afrobeat, bass music, 1990s hip hop, African tradition and retro-futurism to best carry Art Melody’s unique flow. The album is mastered by Dave Cooley (Spoek Mathambo, J Dilla, Madvillain) in Los Angeles.

With support from artists such as High Priest from avant-garde hip hop group Antipop Consortium, or Walter Kibby aka Dirty Walt of cult LA band Fishbone, Art Melody helps us break down the borders separating our worlds.

Powerful, raucous and dark, Art Melody’s voice describes the blues and melancholy of an African people resisting poverty, disease, obscurantism and war daily. Despair which finds hope in Art Melody’s voice.

Art Melody still lives in the same neighborhood with his family.

Past Posts about Art Melody:

  • New Single: Art Melody – “Tôk Tôko” April 18, 2019 Burkina Faso rapper Art Melody releases a new single from his upcoming album Zoodo (which translates to friendship) slated for late 2019. “Tôk Tôko,” is produced by his long standing producer Redrum for Tentacule Records. The afro-futuristic track is a wild ride spearheaded by Art Melody’s rough lyrical delivery, on top of Redrum’s reverberating percussion and space-y synthesizers. Check ...
  • Akwaaba Artists at Nyege Nyege Festival August 30, 2016 We are very excited to take part in this year’s Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja, Uganda. Last year, Mabiisi, Art Melody, BBRAVE & Akwaaba Sound System took part in the first edition, and this year the festival will feature Ibaaku, Aero Manyelo, Joey Le Soldat and his upcoming collaboration with Max Le Daron, Jomaaga.  Catch ...
  • Art Melody – Moogho October 30, 2015 Two years after the acclaimed Wogdog Blues, Art Melody returns with Moogho – “world” in Mooré, the language of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso. Moogho explores bridges between continents, styles and times, as Art Melody raps and sings on top of uncompromising productions by long time partner Redrum, aided by a a slew of far ...
  • Art Melody – “Micro Makré” July 30, 2015 This is the first preview off of Art Melody‘s upcoming fourth album, Moogho, which means “world”: the last couple of years have seen Art Melody touring and collaborating with artists from three different continents – Moogho itself was recorded between Burkina Faso, Ghana and France. Micro Makré means “Mic check” in Mooré, the Mossi language of ...
  • Art Melody: Clandestino Festival Photos June 11, 2015 Apparently Art Melody‘s performance at Clandestino Festival in Göteborg was epic! Great shots by David Márquez. Check here for Melo’s other dates.
  • Art Melody – 2015 Tour Dates May 18, 2015   It’s exciting to see Art Melody coming back to Europe. Fantastic work by Tentacule Records booking loads of shows in France, and Melo’s first ever appearances in Scandinavia at Clandestino Festival in Göteborg in June and at Malmö Live in July! And this just in: Melo in Paris  à l’Alimentation Générale on June 4.
  • Art Melody – Rogomiki Video April 15, 2015 Art Melody‘s been busy! Besides two upcoming full albums brewing, he found time to take part in a new video shot in Ouagadougou by Bastien Papillier, for the song Rogomiki (our traditions) from his last album Wogdog Blues.
  • Art Melody – “Bamb Rat” Video October 9, 2014 As the lethal Ouagalais MC records his next opus, the Tentacule Records team put together this video, directed by Jérémie Lenoir. Pure hip hop vibes, Melos thunder barely contained in the colorful collage. Still a few copies of his Wogdog Blues album available on vinyl, check it here!
  • Art Melody – Very Limited Edition Vinyl October 28, 2013 This is very, very exciting: Akwaaba’s very first vinyl release! And also the first vinyl release from any Burkinabé artist in years… and the only African hip hop vinyl in years – or even ever? We only pressed very, very few copies of Art Melody’s album Wogdog Blues, grab one of 150 records from Bandcamp ...
  • Art Melody – Great Review on +d’Afrique (French) October 15, 2013 Veuillez installer Flash Player pour lire la vidéo +D’Afrique du 11/10/2013 Partie 5 – +D’Afrique du 11/10/2013 Partie 5 For those of you who speak French…

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