Thursday, March 17, 2011

Balla Onivogui dies at 75

One of the great bandleaders of West Africa, Guinea's Balla Onivogui, died of a heart attack at 75 on March 15.  Balla et ses Balladins never made it to an American stage, but as any collector of classic "Manding swing," or just dance band music of West Afrfica's golden age, knows well, this was one of the truly spectacular recording acts of Guinea.  This is a great loss. 

Find more on the Worldservice blog.

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