OUA_BF consists of two tracks, born from the encounter of a personal archival collection and an unpredicted event. This event – a terror attack in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) on 15 January 2016 – triggered a memorial and emotional process that connected two very different temporalities and questioned the relationship one develops with a place. A once foreign place, progressively loaded with personal memories, feelings and life events…
HA_HA (track1 + a downloadable text) is based on a short field recording realised in one take, at night, as an urgent need, a few days after the attack.
Wend Paanga D (track2) comes exclusively from materials recorded on cassettes from January to February 2000, in the north of Burkina Faso (today an inaccessible region, because of the terror threat).
This is the remastered version of an EP originally released in 2016 for Bordille Records, label created by François Larini and Julien Bayle.
Much has been lost. Much can be rediscovered. Much exists that has yet to be found. OUA_BF is a labor of love and grief, but it lays a template of hope. (Richard Allen) – A Closer Listen