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Art Melody – « Moogho »


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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 reaching international producers.

Moogho is released exactly one year after the Burkinabè insurection which successfully  ousted president Blaise Compaoré. The album also comes out days after the recent failed coup in Burkina Faso, a reminder of the still frail state of affairs in Ouagadougou. A fragility which heighten the importance of artists like Art Melody, who has remained vocal and critical throughout the turmoil, without ever losing his faith in the Burkinabè people, and in particular its youth.

On Moogho Art Melody shares his commentary with his unimitable technique, rapping and singing in both Mooré and Dioula, flowing freely in a current of hip hop, electro, blues, afrobeat, bass music and free jazz.

This deliberate juxtaposition of Burkinabè reality and global musicality sets Art Melody in the lineage of musical geniuses such as Afrika Bambaata, Archie Shepp, The Clash or Manu Dibango, who all blurred lines and embraced diverse influences and genres.

Moogho’s powerful statement is in sharp contrast with the stringent and absurdly repressive immigration policies of our times, it stands against cultural segmentation and social segregation. Moogho is a universal dance, a global vibration hailing straight from the streets of Ouagadougou.

Past Posts about Art Melody:

  • (English) New Single: Art Melody – « Tôk Tôko » avril 18, 2019 Désolé, cet article est seulement disponible en Anglais Américain.
  • Artistes Akwaaba au festival Nyege Nyege août 30, 2016 Nous sommes très heureux de voir plusieurs de nos artistes participer à la deuxième édition du Festival Nyege Nyege à Jinja en Ouganda. L’an dernier, Mabiisi, Art Melody, BBRAVE et Akwaaba Sound System ont participé, tandis que cette année c’est au tour d’Ibaaku, Aero Manyelo, Joey Le Soldat et sa nouvelle collaboration avec Max Le Daron, Jomaaga.  Une petite vidéo pour ...
  • Art Melody – Moogho octobre 30, 2015 Deux ans après le succès de Zound Zandé, le rappeur burkinabé Art Melody est de retour avec Wogdog Blues – le blues de Ouagadougou. Un album ambitieux qui étire les frontières du hip hop africain et entraîne l’auditeur dans un vortex musical. Produit par Redrum et Minimalkonstrunction, les instrumentaux empruntent à l’afrobeat, à la bass music, ...
  • Art Melody – « Micro Makré » juillet 30, 2015 Voici un premier aperçu du quatrième album d’Art Melody, Moogho, qui signifie “monde”: ces dernières années Art Melody a donné des concerts et collaboré avec des artistes de trois continents différents – l’album lui-même a été enregistré entre le Burkina Faso, le Ghana et la France. Micro Makré  signifie “Mic check” en Mooré, la langue des Mossi ...
  • Art Melody: photos du Clandestino Festival juin 11, 2015 Apparement la performance d Art Melody au Clandestino Festival à Göteborg était épique ! Voici de belles photos signées David Márquez. Pour les autres dates de Melo c’est ici.
  • Art Melody – 2015 Tour Dates mai 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 avril 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 octobre 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 octobre 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) octobre 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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