Burkina Electric

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Burkina Electric
OriginOuagadougou, Burkina Faso
GenresElectronic music
Years active2007 (2007)-present
LabelsCantaloupe Music
MembersLukas Ligeti, Mai Lingani, Wende Blass, Kurt Dahlke, Wendy, Zoko Zoko

Burkina Electric is an electronic music group from Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. They are one of Africa's first electronic acts.[1] Despite the group's African origins, they are mostly based in New York City.[2] They were formed in 2007 when Mai Lingani (vocals), Wende K. Blass (guitar), Kurt Dahlke (electronics), and Lukas Ligeti (drummer) created the band for a tour of Austria. Lingani and Blass are from Burkina Faso, Dahlke (also known as Pyrolator) is from Düsseldorf, Germany, and Ligeti is from Austria.[3] They released an EP called "Reem Tekre" in 2007 on the Atatak label.[4] The group contributed live music to the ballet "Itutu", which debuted in 2009 and was performed by Karole Armitage's company Armitage Gone! Dance.[5] Their first full-length album, Paspanga, was released in early 2010.[4] It was described as "fierce" by Richard Gehr in Spin,[6] and as "a sleek, kinetic album" by Nate Chinen.[7]


  • Reem Tekre EP (2007, Atatak)
  • Paspanga (2010, Cantaloupe)


  1. ^ Kertzer, Jon (26 January 2010). "Burkina Electric: 21st-Century African Music". NPR. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ Kertzer, Jon (27 December 2010). "5 New African Bands That Ruled In 2010". NPR. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Fader, Lainna (22 September 2011). "Music Picks: Ravi Shankar, Marilyn Scott, Duran Duran, Burkina Electric". LA Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Burkina Electric Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  5. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca (25 October 2009). "Ballet Electric". New York Magazine. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ Gehr, Richard (April 2010). "Burkina Electric: Paspanga". Spin. p. 85. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  7. ^ Chinen, Nate (10 January 2010). "New CDs". New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2014.