“Black Parents” music band was not so successful at the beginning.
They started performing in concerts and local night clubs in Montreal, Canada to make their presence remembering by popularizing the latest trend in Haitian music “Raggakonpa”.
The hard work of the musical group Black Parents did not went in vain, rewarded them very soon when success started coming on their ways from Miami, New York and Haiti. In 2001, they released 5 albums along with a new successful soundtrack “Sonia”.
Like Black Parents, Haitian music has drawn a wide range of influences from the people of many cultures who have settled in this Caribbean island of Hispaniola. “Kompa” or “Konpa” is one unique form of Haitian music, a complex one that fuses African rhythms and European ballroom dance–with consistent, pulsing drum beat that makes dancing easier.”Kompa” was there in the Haitian music since its emergence but developed into a modern pop style by Nemours Jean-Baptiste in 1955.
BKO Quintet’s music is born from a meeting between five established artists.This gathering provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali.Ibrahima Sarr, powerful percussionist, masters with ease the sounds of the djembe drum and has traveled the world alongside Oumou Sangare.
Fassara Sacko whose voice takes you from aback, differs from other griots in traditional celebrations.Yoro Sidibé’s grandson, Nfali Diakité ,with his infernal « tournes », also sings and plays his donsongoni in animist ceremonies celebrated by his peers.
Abdoulaye Kone, master of djelingoni develops a unique psychedelic style.He is the descendant of Djeli Baba Sissoko, and has been solicited before this quintet by great artists like Tiken Jah Kafoly, Salif Keita to tour outside of the Mali borders.
Finally Aymeric Krol, experienced of internationals stages grooves on its strange drums. For the past 10 years he often settled in Bamako where he worked with several artists. Today, his encounter with Ibrahima Sarr gives birth to the project: BKO Quintet. -After a European tour of 25 dates, BKO QUINTET decides to return in the studio during their tour to record a debut album that will be available in 2014.
The first EP recorded « Live » in January 2012 in Bamako in the popular district of Medina Coura. In the new edition, some tracks recorded in January 2013 have been added to the EP.
The present arises from the past, this « inhabited » music is far from the « World » standardized sound.
Djouna Big-One (Djouna Mumbafu) has been known as a prominent animateur (atalaku) and dancer in Empire Bakuba. Among others, he revolutionarised Congolese music with his choreographies and « atalaku »-yells. Following the death of Pepe Kalle, Empire Bakuba fell apart into various factions such as Fondation Bakuba and Delta Force, a former youth group set up by Pepe Kalle. Djouna was part of Delta Force together with Godé Lofombo, but after some time Djouna decided to start a solo career.
In 2004, he released a first solo album « Tonnèrre de Brest », and a live DVD, and in December of the same year he was a finalist for the Kora Awards with the song « 6600 Volts », but he didn’t win the award. In Djouna’s current band, called Orchestre Big One, the younger brother of Pepe Kalle, Ali Kalle, is one of the singers. Ali Kalle’s voice is very much reminiscent of Pepe’s voice.
A DVD with clips of « Tonnèrre de Brest » came out in 2005.