is a refreshing example that Africa will always be a thriving source of
musical talent. Known for reviving the use of the Lolo
, the musical bow, he has now his own
band with which he created his own style of modernised dance music based on traditional rhythms of the Samo, one
of the numerous tribes of Burkina Faso.
After his school education in Koudougou, Timbiri Winsé settled in the capital Ouagadougou in 1996. He soon
played in various bands, among them the Benda Band
. In the following years he composed the
music for a contemporary dance ensemble (Salia Nï Seydou
) and he toured and played
live during their world wide « Figninto »
In 1999, he joined (and co-founded) another dance company, Kongo Ba Teria
, where he played
the lolo, kora and water drums. Tim had learnt the basics of kora playing from Malian master
In 2000, while still part of the Kongo Ba Teria Company, Tim worked on his own musical career and in 2002,
he formed his own band, Wassamana
(the name stands for "lifting your feet to dance to the drums").
He is using Samo rhythms and the lolo to a modern groovy mix with jazzy influences. He performed on the 2003 Jazz
à Ouaga Festival. In 2004, Tim presented the first album with his Wassamana band, recorded in the CENASA studio in
Ouagadougou. The album is not distributed outside of Burkina Faso, but has definitely potentials for reaching wider public.