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Le Zagazougou

Shaped in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 1990 from the sons and nephews of Mamadou Ouattara (who, having been provided an accordion by way of a missionary, had released the instrument in to the traditional music of Cote d’Ivoire), Le Zagazougou continuing to build up the role from the accordion inside the music of the country. They developed a make of fast-paced, acoustic origins pop which also presented vocals and massed percussion. Led by Ouattara’s boy Bakary, a.k.a. Abou Ouatt, and offering as much as 15 instrumentalists and performers, they quickly became typically the most popular roots-based group in Abidjan. Their debut cassette for the neighborhood market outsold even more industrial African and Anglo-American produces on its launch in 1992 to be the Cote d’Ivoire’s bestseller of this year. This is something of the coup for traditional-based music, therefore the title of the debut international launch Zagazougou Coup, which presented paths from that preliminary release alongside materials documented in Abidjan a calendar year later.

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