Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Back to Burkino

Maurice Sempore
12" x 12"
oil on luan, 2012
Maurice Sempore is the sax player and leader of the group L'Orchestre Harmonie Voltaique from, as the name implies, Upper Volta which was renamed Burkino Faso. The group was formed in 1948 by Antoine Ouedraogo. Sempore took over from Ouedraogo in 1964 and 'africanized' the sound of the group that had a repertoire mostly consisting of French popular songs (like those of the singer Sandwidi Pierre, also in the Top 100, who I painted in May). The song Killa Naa Naa Ye Killa was recorded in 1970 and appeared as a 7" single.

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