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Djiguiya is a group of eleven percussionists-singers-dancers making
traditionnaly inspired music based on percussion and the pentatonic balafon, for which the South
West of Burkina Faso is famous for. Inspired on the Association Benebnooma in Koudougou, Djiguiya
has been set up as an association not only making music involving young people of Bobo-Dioulasso
in their own social-cultural development, but also to initiate small projects for young people
and homeless children in their town. With the earnings of their concerts, Djiguiya financed a
centre where homeless children find shelter, a meal and an opportunity to learn for example
elementary mecanics, electricity, sewing or typewriting.
Most members come from the Farakan and Dioulassoba sectors of Bobo-Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso. Although some members are mossi, dafi and samo, the majority is bobo, and the songs are in bobo and dioula, the main languages spoken in the South-West of Burkina. The songs are about coping with modern time problems (homelessness, Aids) using traditional concepts of mutual respect and understanding.
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