Compagnie Farafina

Compagnie Farafina is a production, management and booking structure, handling FARAFINA’s tours and managing its artistic and educational projects.

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It's the good news we are proud and happy to pass on :
in 2014, the legendary African group FARAFINA returns to world stages to set off its rhythmic fireworks and pull you into its irresistible dances.

Heinz Dill, manager of FARAFINA, is present at WOMEX from 24 to 27 October 2013 to meet promoters and programmers and discuss the artistic and production issues.

A new production, management, and booking structure, Compagnie Farafina, is now handling FARAFINA’s tours, as well as managing its artistic and educational projects. The structure was created by Souleymane Sanou aka Mani, and the FARAFINA musicians, in partnership with their first managers, Michel Schaer and Heinz Dill, joined by Mélane Baumgartner.

Hailing from Burkina-Faso, FARAFINA brings together three generations of songwriters-performers in a core of eight musicians. For 35 years, FARAFINA has developed its music on traditional instruments. Chants, dances, and choruses draw inspiration from deep down in the musical tradition of West Africa, in the sound and poetic heritage of the Bobo, Dyula, Mandinka, Mossi, Fula, and Senufo peoples. FARAFINA’s compositions speak bluntly of today’s world, of the mutations of globalized African society, and of transmission between generations. FARAFINA’s repertoire takes inspiration from jazz, showcasing solos. Its roots in African tradition combined with its openness have led to collaborations with musicians as diverse as Jon Hassell, the Rolling Stones, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Daniel Lanois, Billy Cobham, and many others. Their history is rich with concerts given around the world, from Montreux Jazz to Lincoln Center in New York, from Vancouver to Japan, from the stages of WOMAD festivals to that of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Their 2013 concerts provoked contagious enthusiasm in their audiences, and it is a great pleasure for us to give you the opportunity to share the FARAFINA experience with your audiences.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2003
  • WOMEX 2002
  • WOMEX 2001
  • virtualWOMEX


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