After a 30-year career in Burkina Faso, the Mandingo singer finally releases his first album. In 2007, with the help of journalist David Commeillas and of Soundicate’s activists, they founded the label Chapa Blues Records to promote Victor’s music.

Cat No: HS187VL
Release date: 7 December 2018
Format: 2LP, Gatefold
Country: Burkina Faso
Region: West Africa
Genre: Folk, Mandingo

After a 30-year career in Burkina Faso, the Mandingo singer finally releases his first album. In 2007, with the help of journalist David Commeillas and of Soundicate’s activists, they founded the label Chapa Blues Records to promote Victor’s music.

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Listen to: Victor Deme

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2. Djôn'Maya
04:09
3. Toungan
03:30
4. Cherie
04:25
5. Deni Mouke Ila
04:35
6. Burkina Mousso
04:13
7. Deni Kemba
03:25
8. Djarabi
04:22
9. Dankan
03:25
10. Peuple Burkinabè
05:15
11. Sabu
05:00
12. Djabila
06:18
14. Tama Ngonon
04:43
15. Dala Môgôya
04:47

Item Description

After a 30-year career in Burkina Faso, the Mandingo singer finally releases his first album. In 2007, with the help of journalist David Commeillas and of Soundicate’s activists, they founded the label Chapa Blues Records to promote Victor’s music. The singer started to work on his album in the small studio improvised by the Ouagajungle team at the back of his artist residence in Ouagadougou. The studio is no more than two rooms separated by a truck windshield and equipped with a 16-track console, but it has became the rallying point of numerous talented artists. At 46, Démé has recorded there a unique mosaic of folk blues melodies, intimate Mandingo ballads, and Latin influences, salsa and flamenco. Written in Dioula language, «Burkina Mousso» is a tribute to all Burkinabe women «who built this country with their own hands», as sings Démé. His lyrics appeal to national solidarity («Peuple Burkinabé»), advocate tolerance («Djôn’maya»), and weave hymns to feminine grace («Sabu»). The index ends with two pieces of traditional Mandingo music. This eponymous album presents all the rich heritage of Démé’s repertoire to the public. To celebrate the 10th birthday, the record label Heavenly Sweetness release this first ever vinyl edition.