BIOGRAPHY

Boubacar KAFANDO

            A N’goni and kora virtuoso, composer artist, singer, leader of the Zaama Nooma Band.

Boubacar Kafando is a native of the Mossi ethnic group, whose community is based on the use of Moré language and is well-known for its oral traditions inside the family and the community.

Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Boubacar, from a very early age, was fascinated by the music of his country and discovered the secrets of the traditional music while living with local musicians in several artistic houses of the capital. After having learnt percussions, then the art of singing and playing Kora, N’goni, Boubacar took part in Mandinga bands like Bankadi Live and Faso Musik.

 

In 2001, he toured in France with the Djamakunu band. They performed at The New Morning, La Flêche d’Or, the Palais des Mutualité in Paris and at the Festival d’Avignon.

In 2003, Boubacar decided to move to France in order to promote cultural exchanges between France and Burkina Faso and to share his love for music.

In 2007, he founded a non-profit organisation called ZAAMA NOOMA. For that purpose, Boubacar surrounded himself with a collective group of artists from Europe and Burkina Faso.

In 2009, he inaugarated the cultural centre ZOUNOGOO in the town of Saponé, Burkina Faso in order to welcome the Burkinabé children and people coming from all over the world. The children living in the area could then take part in the music, dance, theatre, arts, art craft workshops given by the local artists, artisans.  

In 2010 and 2012, he organised two festivals in this cultural centre.

In 2010 he launched his first album « Douni Zougou » which means On this planet. This first album offers captivating acoustic sounds from various African traditional instruments such as the kora, n’goni, calebasse, tama, shékéré, Peul flute, Djeli goni, musical bow.

Since then, Boubacar and his band have performed extensively in venues and for charitable events worldwide including the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris. He has performed at many festivals in France like the Festif L’Art, Le Festival des Murs A Pêches in Paris, but also in Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Burkina Faso.

In March 2014, the band toured in the United-States where they performed in renowned venues such as The Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, the Piano Bar, the Sylvana Harlem. They also participated in the African American Day Parade.

In January and August 2016, the band did two promising tours in the United Kingdom, Wales and London (Kaya World Music Festival, Hootananny, The Ritzy, Bernie Grant Arts Centre).

In May 2016, the Boubacar Kafando & Zaama Nooma Band launched their second album « Faut pas se diviser », meaning We must not be divided. This new opus is the result of many musical and other encounters, which resulted in a musical fusion, blending several musical genres such as jazz, blues, rock, afrobeat, funk.

The Boubacar Kafando & Zaama Nooma Band continues to travel the world to offer an array of multiple colours where humanity and life are at the heart of their music and main topics.

© 2018 Zaama Nooma