Sonntag 11.12.2016, 20:30
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary
group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso,
the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions
of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer
Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and
eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé
musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist
for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine
the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981,
he joined the Koule Dafourou troupe as a dancer. Later, he
embarked on his current musical direction as a singer first
in Dounia and then in the Afromandingo Band.
His current band — when he’s not playing with the now-famous
Burkinabé musician Victor Démé — is the Mandingo
Band. At present, he is a practitioner of the Afrobeat style,
drawing inspiration from the golden era of Nigerian music.
Fela Kuti/Africa 70 and King Sunny Adé are big influences,
as is the legendary Malian growler Moussa Doumbia.
Baba Commandant plays the ngoni, the instrument of the
Donso (the traditional hunters in this region of Burkina Faso
and Mali). His audience comprises multiple generations
and strata of Burkinabé society; he accordingly adapts his
repertoire to his surroundings, which range from cabaret
Sundays in Bobo-Dioulasso to the sound systems of Ouagadougou.
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a formidable
force steeped in Ouagadougou’s DIY underground
musical culture. Juguya is their sound.