Afrikän Protoköl


  1. 1.
    Gbégbé Fever
  2. 2.
    Doromin Kelen
  3. 3.
    Facing Death
  4. 4.
    Kèlè Magni
  5. 5.
    France au revoir
Afrikän Protoköl is the Afro Groove Sextet of Belgian saxophonist Guillaume Van Parys. Following his meeting with the Burkinabè drummer Moïse Ouattara, he has composed a music based on traditional rhythms from Burkina Faso and West Africa.
Jazzy riffs, groove and improvisations merge together into a warm and festive transcontinental fusion. Established in Burkina Faso in 2013, the band was on tour in Europe and Africa in 2014 and 2015 to release its first album called "Freedom From The Known". The public, the media and professionals alike have warmly received the project. It has been rewarded with the SIMA 2014 Jury Award at the "Salon International de la Musique Africaine" in Dakar in November 2014 and was nominated for the "Octaves de la Musique" 2015 in Belgium. The band released its second album "Beyond The Grid" in 2017, which was again warmly received. In 2018 the band released its first video clip based on the song Kélé Magni. It was nominated again for the Octaves de la Musique 2018 and won the first price of the Sabam Awards 2018 in the World Music category.
Although we could hear in the compositions clear influences from Afro Beat master Fela Kuti, Steve Coleman, Manu Dibango and Aka Moon, a very original identity has come out of this mix of emerging European and African jazz musicians. With a rhythmic section from Burkina Faso and horns from Belgium, Afrikän Protoköl proposes a colourful and dynamic show; an original music with universal appeal.


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