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    Amadou Balaké (1944-2014) Burkina Faso

    RIP Amadou.

    "Amadou Balaké's name may not ring bells right away, but he is (or should be) more famous . Born in Burkina Faso, or Haute Volta as it was called at the time, he played in Ghana before breaking through in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. In that city of musical crossroads he worked for years with producer Aboudou Lassissi who runned a successful label Sacodis in the late 1970s and early 1980s. For Sacodis, he made several albums, recording songs in various styles, many of them with a strong latin tinge in the Charanga tradition. But he also recorded songs with heavy Malian influence, highlife or afro-funk. Later albums he recorded with Lassissi in America."

    Listen to the call and response of the instruments on this track. This is soca's roots.









    Joe Arroyo recorded this as Si So Gole







    Big with the Afro funk crowd.

    "Every onlooker is either a coward or a traitor." — Frantz Fanon

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    One of his biggest hits, recorded in NY with Afro Latin musicians.

    "Every onlooker is either a coward or a traitor." — Frantz Fanon

    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.” Frederick Douglass

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