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Koko and Burkina Faso


Koko are a group of musicians from Burkina Faso.

In Yiri, there six musicians each dedicated to a different instrument:

  • Madou Kone - vocals, balaphone and flute.
  • Sydou Traore - vocals and balaphone.
  • Jacouba Kone - djembe
  • Francois Naba - vocals, tam-tam, dundun and maracas.
  • Keresse Sanou - talking drum
  • Tidiane Hema who does vocals and plays the maracas.

Burkina Faso:

This piece, Yiri, is from Burkino Faso, which is a landlocked nation situated in West Africa. It is surrounded on all side by other countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast,Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the southwest. Renamed by President Thomas Sankara in 1984, Burkino translates as 'men of integrity' and Faso means 'father's house' and its inhabitants are called Burkinabe.

The themes in music from the region of Burkino Faso conjure up some of mankind's greatest battles in life, including the fight for survival and looking after the enviroment. In addition, the music focuses on creation, community celebrations and friendship.