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Aboubakar Traoré & Balima

Contemporary African Music

About the project

GREETINGS from Aboubakar Traoré & Balima

Balima, a five-piece band based in Brussels, takes it to the next level!

After some intensive touring in Belgium and France during the summer of 2017, the band feels ready to hit the studio to record a full-length album!

And this is where you come in, dear listeners and fans... We do need an extra hand to help us financing this ambitious project. 

The band Balima is based in Brussels but was born in Burkina Faso, when percussionist Guillaume Codutti met Aboubakar Traoré in 2012. Very quickly came the desire to play music together. Balima first started after several trips organised by Yani Ait (Namogodine) and then by Bertrand Veys (Jam in Jette), who both share a passion for n'goni and West-African music. Later in the process balafonist Geoffrey Desmet, bassist Sofiane Remedna and reed player Jordi Grognard were added to the original line-up of Aboubakar Traoré (n'goni/ lead voice) and Guillaume Codutti on percussion.

The band has already been on tour in summer 2017 in Belgium and France : Antitapas - Jam in Jette Festival - Boutique Culturelle - Vk concert - Muziek Publique (living room festival) - Bruxelles les Bains - Brass'Art Digitaal Café - Les Ecuries du tram - Zomer op de koer - Café Béguin - La Machine - Le Champ Commun (Fr) - Chez Lulu (Fr) - La Pente (Fr)) - Le Cabanon (Fr).

What are the funds for?

  • Recording at Studio Six (1070 Brussels )
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Art work and printing
  • Record duplication & copyrights.

About the project owner

Aboubakar Traoré is from Bobo Dioulasso, second main city of Burkina Faso and trully a cultural crossroad. The music in this country plays a very important role in people's every day life. It's in the 22nd district -a burgeoning musician's neighbourhood- that Aboubakar has learned to play Kamélé n'goni and to sing. He now masters the ancient repertoire of the Mandingo Griots and is currently freeing himself from tradition through his personal compositions. In his songs he talks about Faso's everyday hardships and pays hommage to the ancient ones who built West-African history.

Built around Aboubakar's original songs, the arranging and choices of instrumentation are made collectively by the band's members.

What makes Aboubakaar Traoré & Balima special? Their sound, their unique mixture of west-african musical tradition infused with elements from various genres: from jazz vibes to hip-hop beats, from ancestral 'chants' to contemporary production techniques. 

Aboubakar Traoré: Kamélé n'goni, lead voice / Geoffrey Desmet: Balafon, djembé, backing vocals [Sysmo] / Sofiane Remadna: electric bass, backing vocals [J-Prock] / Jordi Grognard: Tenor sax, flute, backing vocals [Yokaï]/ Guillaume Codutti: percussion, backing vocals [Sysmo] / Bertrand Veys: Booking & management [Jam 'in Jette]/ Ludovic Sirtaine: Sound engineer