Chebeen Teriya is a unique 5 piece band lead by
singer/multi-instrumentalist Dramane Bakwan, who brings original music from his
homeland of Burkina Faso. From a young age, Dramane participated in the sacred
musical traditions of the Gourounsi people of Burkina Faso (West Africa). His
insatiable appetite for music drove him to study the myriad of rhythms and
melodies of ethnic groups throughout the region. A love of country and
continent has inspired him to write over one hundred original songs with lyrics
in five languages. His work explores social, environmental, and political
themes with the aim of inspiring people to take care of one another and the
planet they share.
The album Douhaou is their second release on the label. Nevertheless, this
album was chronologically written before the EP Ajabro, which was released last year. It was written in 2018 and was the first time
we got connected with Chebeen’s music. It is written in the Djula language (spoken in Burkina Faso,
Mali and Ivory Coast) and includes nine tracks in an afro-fusion style, sung by
the band’s frontman Dramane Bakwan.
Dramane explains: “Douhaou means benediction or blessings
and the album is about social issues. Sabary
talks about forgiveness as the way forward in life. Diy is about remembering your roots and honouring your culture as
well as those of others. Bimogo is
about hypocrisy in politics. Pogo-nere
is a love song and Africa is for the whole continent, to unify behind our
CREDITS: All songs written by
Aime Bakwan / bass: Francois Hien / Josue Banazaro (guitar) / Jean-Bosco Sorogo
(batterie) / Lassina Dembele (djembe) / Jean Eudes Zoungrana (synthesizer) /
Aime Bakwan (castagnetes) / Armelie Metta (choeurs) / Recorded in Ouagadugu
2018/ Artwork by Amanda Deibert
Reviewer:Codes And Notes
May 3, 2022 Subject:
This is excellent!
This album really conveys that African vibe that I love. All tracks are a joy to listen to, even though I obviously don't understand everything that is sung (only the french bits).
Beautiful tunes! Thank you Chebeen Teryia!