L'Harmonie Voltaique

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Formed in 1948, this was the first group to receive government sponsorship in Burkina Faso. At first, they were a military band that played mostly French music. In the early '60s, led by Maurice Simpaure,…
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Formed in 1948, this was the first group to receive government sponsorship in Burkina Faso. At first, they were a military band that played mostly French music. In the early '60s, led by Maurice Simpaure, they began to incorporate traditional rhythms and native languages into their repertoire.