Waga 3000

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This project came to life when two Burkinabé MCs, Art Melody and Joey Le Soldat, met French beatmaker DJ Form.

The name of the group refers to the Ouaga 2000 development project, a luxurious neighborhood where the elite and businessmen congregate from all over West Africa, only steps away from the poor neighborhoods of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

Boldly blending electronic music and hip hop, retrofuturistic, Waga 3000 mainly talks about the youth in Ouaga’s hoods, tired of living day to day without any future, deep into poverty, corruption and violence.

The two rappers of Waga 3000, by rapping on these electronic beats, also want to show that they are not prisoners of their culture, and like any artist, they can carry their heritage (Warba music) while projecting themselves into contemporary sounds. The vocals, recorded in Ouagadougou in two days, reflect the urgency of a critical situation in Africa, and a youth eager for change.

Without any real media relays, Waga 3000’s two rappers have become the spokesmen for the entire Burkinabé youth, students, shopkeepers, farmers and artists well and ready to “Remain strong and feisty” as the first track of the album suggests.

Past Posts about Waga 3000:

  • Gargantuan: Hip Hop Heavyweights August 21, 2013 Akwaaba Music presents: Gargantuan – Hip Hop Heavyweights Wednesday 28th August 2013 –  7.30pm, La Paillote Takpekpe at Alliance Française, Accra  Gargantuan: of immense size, volume, or capacity. What better way to describe this stellar lineup of fearless MCs, who speak their minds with very little concern for what people consider appropriate. Art Melody (Burkina Faso) is a veteran on Ouagadougou’s ...
  • Waga 3000 – Voir Sombrer Ses Fils February 20, 2013 More Burkinabé rap with Art Melody and Joey le Soldat, together as Waga 3000, rapping on top of DJ Form’s beat. “Voir Sombrer ses Fils” means “watching your sons sink”, it is a call for Africa’s youth to avoid violence, such as the military mutiny that shook Burkina in 2011. The video was shot by Inoussa ...
  • Waga 3000 – Sak Sin Paode (Accept What Is Small) Video + free track April 10, 2012 Shot on the fly in Ouagadougou! Grab this track for free – kinda – we just ask for your email, we won’t share it, promise, and you get free goodies before anybody else. Deal? Check here:
  • Waga 3000: Remain Strong and Feisty April 10, 2012 Love it when things happen FAST! Don’t let anybody tell you “this is Africa” to justify anything not working or simply not happening. I first discovered Waga 3000 only a few weeks ago, and today we are proud to release their self-titled debut. Meet Art Melody and Joey le Soldat, firm leaders of a new ...
  • Waga 3000: Cold Heat from Burkina Faso February 12, 2012 Originally published for Fader magazine. Remain strong and feisty. The meaning of “Dale Fo Yi Kin Dao” hits you as soon as the cold but punchy beat starts. This song is the first release by Waga 3000. It’s average hip hop from Burkina Faso, and it’s very obvious, very fast. I say this, but I know ...


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