Djiguiya is a group of eleven percussionists-singers-dancers making
traditionally 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 mechanics, electricity, sewing or typewriting.
Most members come from the Farakan and Dioulassoba neighbourhoods 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.
Djiguiya won rapidly acclaim in Burkina as of 1996, through successful participations in the Cultural Week
of Bobo-Dioulasso and the Nuits Atypiques de Koudougou festival. They already performed in
neighbouring countries, in Europe (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) and in China.
Their first album « Sakidi » came out in May 2003,
and they performed in August 2003 at the Festival Nuits Atypiques de Langon (France).
Album cover Sakidi
Members of Djiguiya:
Adama Sanou tama, vocals
Aly Traoré tama, vocals
Lamine Sanou djembé, vocals
Mohamed Kafando solo balafon, lead vocals
Amadou Sanou dundun, lead vocals
Souleymane Sanou maracas, vocals
Mamadou Sanou conga, vocals
Ibrahim Sanou djembé, vocals
Abou Kanazoé balafon, vocals
Kassim Drabo balafon, vocals
Omar Sanou djembé, flute, maracas
Created: 1995, by Adama Sanou and Aly Traoré, in Bobo-Dioulasso
Style: traditional percussion and balafon music