Joey Le Soldat is a rapper from Burkina Faso, member of rap crew Waga 3000 alongside Art Melody.
For over a decade, he has been fine tuning his craft, first as a member of various rap groups in his teen years, then gravitating among Ouagadougou’s underground sound systems and freestyle sessions. In 2009 he wins the Waga Hip Hop Festival clash contest award. Impressive live, he has shared the stage with Gaël Faye, Casey or legendary New York group DAS EFX, during his last French tour with Art Melody and their group Waga 3000.
Burkin’Bâ is taken from his 2014 hip hop album tinted with electro and ragga, produced by French beatmakers Redrum, DJ Form, 76’os and mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley, the engineer behind the famed Stones Throw sound.
In his lyrics, he talks straight about Africa’s pillaged ressources, forced mariages, Ouagadougou’s street kids, but he also praises the bountiful return of the rainy season. Themes he shares with featured artists Anny Kassy, Conakry’s unique lyricist, Togolese Elom 20ce, and French MC and beatmaker Fils du Béton.