Kantala
(Burkina Faso)

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Biography
Kantala, born Abdoulaye Traoré, hails from Bobo-Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso. Of Senufo ethnicity, his family does not reveale to the young Abdoulaye that his grandfather, Donso, was a musician, and he learns all by himself to play a variety of instruments. Eventually he chooses the kora and the n'goni. He develops a style his own, tafdjani, mixing traditional Senufo music with modern styles, such as blues, pop, salsa and reggae.

He started to perform in 1998, and he made several albums, such as « BaKô, l'autre rive » (2006), « Dounouya » (2010) and an EP « AfriK » released in 2015. Kantala toured in West Africa (Niger, Senegal), and also in Europe, more precisely in France, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and in 2013. He also composed music for movies, for example for the movie « L'enfant des autres » by O. Nikiéma (2009), for documentaries and for publicity spots.

In 2016, Kantala made a new single « Ites Green and Gold (Yiriba) » featuring Jamaican Winston Mc Anuff.



Kantala
Kantala 


Musicians on the album AfriK:
Abdoulaye Traore alias Kantala lead vocals, backing vocals, Kora, N'goni (all tracks)
Oumarou Diarra drums (all tracks)
Grégoire Yameogo bass (all tracks)
Issouf Diabaté guitar (2,3,4)
Yirimegna Ulrich Ouedraogo keyboards (2,4)
Théo Croix violin (1,3)
Lalo Zanelli piano (1)
Michela Musco backing vocals (1)
Xavier Cobo Saxophone (4)
Lyrics: Abdoulaye Traore alias Kantala (all tracks), Victor Démé (1), Humanist (4)
Music: Abdoulaye Traore alias Kantala (all tracks), Xavier Tutein (1)
Arranger (all tracks) : Théo Croix, Abdoulaye Traore alias Kantala


Born: 1976, as Abdoulaye Traoré
Style: tafdjani, afro-blues, afro-pop, afro-folk


Discography
Title Year Label Remarks
Ites Green and Gold (Yiriba) 2016 Nol@music Single
AfriK 2015 Nol@music 4-Track EP
Dounouya 2010 Seydoni Productions
BaKô, l'autre rive 2006 Seydoni Productions

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