Monday, February 13, 2012

Spotlight: Waga 3000

The man behind Akwaaba Music, Benjamin Lebrave wrote up a hefty article for The Fader the other day about some seriously hot hip-hop out of Burkina Faso from an outfit called Waga 3000. As Lebrave explains in his article, Waga 3000 is "not average hip hop from Burkina Faso, and it’s very obvious, very fast." No doubt, Lebrave is right. The jagged beat off the trio's debut offering, "Dal Fo Yi Kin Dao" is cold and fires off rapidly with synth flourishes and heavy, kicking bass. MCs Joey Le Soldat and Art Melody drop right in with force and don't miss a step, letting loose their rhymes with ease and personality.

The group has an interesting background that is very much rooted in the toxic socio-political situation that has characterized Burkina Faso since the assassination of Thomas Sankara in 1987. We highly encourage you to read more on them via Lebrave's article which brings to light a number of fascinating aspects in regards to not only Waga 3000 but hip-hop in francophone Africa.

But first, bump this!

-Saxon Baird
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