Wodaabe singer Bagui Bouga, one of the founders of Nigerien desert blues band Etran Finatawa died August 2nd, 2013 in Switzerland after a severe asthma attack.
“Bagui has been a philosopher, a nomad. He knew so well his culture and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of his cultural heritage with many people,” said Etran Finatawa manager Sandra Vanedig. “We will miss him for his music, for his art, his inspiration, intellectual exchange. His capacities, his compassion, his sensitivity were unique. He left us too early.”
Etran Finatawa combines the rich nomadic cultures of the Tuareg and Wodaabe people from the West African country of Niger, a region that for thousands of years has served as a crossroads between the Arabs and Berbers of North Africa and the sub-Saharan traditions.
Etran Finatawa blends traditional instruments with electric guitars, combining the polyphonic songs of the Wodaabe people with modern arrangements.
More about the band at Etran Finatawa
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.