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Joey Le Soldat – “Burkin Bâ”

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After Waga 3000 and Wogdog Blues, we are partnering with Tentacule Records to present Burkinabé rapper Joey Le Soldat‘s sophomore album, Burkin Bâ, a hip hop album tinted with electro and ragga, produced by French beatmakers Redrum, DJ Form, 76’os and mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley, the engineer behind the famed Stones Throw sound (Madlib, MF Doom, J Dilla, Dam Funk…).

« They told me Soldat, you want to become a star ? – Then you have to rap in French or English – I should forget where I’m from ?». Determined words by this former French literature student at the University of Ouagadougou, son of a Burkina Faso Independence fighter, and grandson of a Burkinabé tirailleur, proud of his language and culture.

In his lyrics, he talks straight about Africa’s pillaged ressources, forced mariages, Ouagadougou’s street kids, but he also praises the bountiful return of the rainy season. Themes he shares with featured artists Anny Kassy, Conakry’s unique lyricist, Togolese Elom 20ce, and French MC and beatmaker Fils du Béton.

Joey Le Soldat is hip hop at his very core. For over a decade, he has been fine tuning his craft, first as a member of various rap groups in his teen years, then gravitating among Ouagadouhou’s underground sound systems and freestyle sessions. In 2009 he wins the Waga Hip Hop Festival clash contest award. Impressive live, he has shared the stage with Gaël Faye, Casey or legendary New York group Das EFX, during his last French tour with Art Melody and their band Waga 3000. Burkin Bâ propels Joey Le Soldat among the African artists shaping the sound of tomorrow.

Past posts about Joey Le Soldat:

  • 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 ...
  • Joey Le Soldat – L’Hivernage Video March 3, 2014 Directed by Inoussa Kaboré. Produced by DJ Form for Tentacule Records. From the album Burkin Bâ out now. Head over here for more information about this song, full lyrics translation and free song donwload.
  • Joey Le Soldat – Burkin Bâ February 11, 2014 Available From: iTunes | Bandcamp After Waga 3000 and Wogdog Blues, we are partnering with Tentacule Records to present Burkinabé rapper Joey Le Soldat‘s sophomore album, Burkin Bâ, a hip hop album tinted with electro and ragga, produced by French beatmakers Redrum, DJ Form, 76’os and mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley, the engineer behind the famed Stones Throw ...
  • Joey Le Soldat – L’Hivernage February 3, 2014 From the album Burkin Bâ out February 11. Produced by DJ Form for Tentacule Records. “L’Hivernage  is a return to the childhood village. Joey praises the merits of the bountiful rain, saying at the heart of the hot season, rainfall can always come. Before him, Creedence Clearwater Revival sang Who’ll Stop The Rain, a metaphor ...
  • Joey Le Soldat – D.M.D. January 8, 2014 Joey le Soldat, the other half of Burkinabé hip hop powerhouse Waga 3000, unleashes the first burst from his sophomore album due out next month. D.M.D. is the voice of Ouagadougou’s kids, speaking up against injustice in their land of upright men. After the success of Art Melody‘s Wogdog Blues, this is another exciting collaboration ...

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