By Massa Dembele
Alumaye, meaning “have you heard?), is the second international release from Burkinabe singer-songwriter Massa Dembele. Dembele’s musical stylings center around the ethereal sound of the kamele n’goni harp which he weaves into a musical pallet that includes layers of indigenous percussion, balaphon, bass and guitar. On Alumaye Massa expresses both the joys and sorrows of life in post-colonial West Africa through a blend of modern afropop and the traditional sounds of western Burkina Faso.
PRAISE FOR MASSA
“Massa has a voice to die for. Tone quality, expressiveness and emotional variety are the watchwords rather than power." fRoots Magazine, U.K.
“A musician putting his own spin on an ancient tradition." Songlines Magazine, U.K.
IZNIZ007. Release date - May 3, 2019