Musician Floby Unveils New Album ‘Burkina Faso’

OUAGADOUGOU — Celebrated musician Floby released his seventh studio album titled ‘Burkina Faso’ on June 30, 2024, marking 18 years of his musical career. The album launch event was held at the National Museum in Ouagadougou.

According to Burkina Information Agency, The new album consists of 18 tracks and features a blend of musical styles, reflecting the diversity of Burkina Faso’s music scene. Notable tracks include ‘Mi Gou Wama’ and ‘Fatimata,’ and the album features collaborations with artists such as Audrey from Burkina Faso and Meiitod from France.

Solenzo Celebrates Tabaski Festival Amidst Peace, Dispels Rumors of Confusion

SOLENZO — The town of Solenzo is vibrant with festivities as residents celebrate the Tabaski festival, countering the rumors of chaos spread through social networks. The celebrations mark a significant recovery from the town’s previous struggles with terrorist attacks, showcasing a day filled with joy and communal activities.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the air in Solenzo is filled with the sound of music and laughter, as various drinking establishments are crowded with revelers. Security, bolstered by assistant volunteers, remains tight to ensure the safety of those in attendance and to manage the bustling traffic. Despite early fears of disruption due to a recent encounter between local security forces and terrorists, the town experiences a peaceful and festive atmosphere. At 5 pm, streets were bustling with residents either visiting friends and relatives or returning home to continue the celebrations. Children were seen moving from door to door, collecting coins, a tradition accompanied by the cheerful greeting of “sambé-sambé.”

Inoussa Ouedraogo, a local, shared his relief and satisfaction with the current state of security, attributing the peaceful environment to the effective actions of the Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP) and the Security and Defense Forces (FDS). He praised the efforts of these groups in maintaining order and expressed his gratitude towards their ongoing dedication to securing the region.

Contrary to what was being circulated on social media about a supposed state of “total confusion” following a recent operation by the VDP, security sources clarified that although there was a confrontation on the eve of the festival near Bonza, it did not result in any casualties or significant disturbances within the VDP ranks.

The residents of Solenzo are making the most of the festive day, appreciating the hard-won peace and stability in their community. “The party is beautiful and thank God we ate and drank well,” Ouedraogo concluded, highlighting the general sentiment of happiness among the people.

New Web TV “Conscience 360” Launched in Burkina Faso to Foster National Sovereignty

Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso witnessed the launch of a new web-based television channel, Conscience 360 (C360), this Sunday. The channel, announced at an event in the capital, is designed to enlighten and raise awareness among the Burkinabè population and beyond, covering a broad spectrum of socio-economic, cultural, political, and spiritual topics.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the general director of Conscience 360, the channel is committed to strengthening and building the sovereignty of nations, with a particular focus on Burkina Faso. Hounkponou highlighted that C360 aims to integrate and expand upon the capacities of existing channels within the country to form a unified platform for progress and pride in Burkina Faso’s future.

The director outlined that Conscience 360 will provide a range of programming aimed at inspiring viewers and contributing to a renewed national identity. The channel already features shows like “Patriotes d’Afrique,” which showcases key figures in the development of African sovereignty, and “Cartes sur tables,” which offers analysis of political events. Other programs include “Le regard sur l’avenir” and “Une forêt qui grow,” which are designed to foster forward-looking perspectives and growth.

The launch event also featured remarks from Chériff Coulibaly, a representative of the C360 staff, who reiterated the channel’s dedication to delivering content that supports a free, prosperous, and sovereign Burkina Faso. The channel is based in Patte d’oie and employs a team of 12 image reporting journalists to cover diverse topics relevant to its audience.

Ondonga Spokesperson Advocates for Weapon-Free Omagongo Cultural Festival

ONAMBANGO, Namibia — Enkali Frans, the spokesperson for the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA), has urged attendees of the upcoming Omagongo Cultural Festival to refrain from bringing weapons to the event. The festival is scheduled for 25 May 2024 at the Ondonga Traditional Palace in Onambango village, located in the Oshana Region.

According to Namibia Press Agency, in a recent interview with Nampa, the call for a weapon-free environment stems from a desire to prevent any incidents of violence that might arise, especially given the possibility of alcohol consumption. “We really want to discourage them from bringing any kind of weapon to the festival. This is a harmonious event that is meant to connect people,” Frans stated.

The Omagongo Festival, also known as the Marula Festival, is celebrated by the Aawambo and other Bantu-speaking communities from neighboring countries. It is co-hosted by the Ondonga and Ombandja Traditional Authorities and aims to uphold and celebrate cultural traditions centered around the marula tree, which is seen as a symbol of hope in Northern Namibia.

Frans emphasized the importance of responsible behavior at the festival, particularly regarding alcohol consumption, to ensure the event’s cultural significance continues for future generations. The previous year’s festival was held at Chief Oswin Mukulu Palace in the Omusati Region, traditionally occurring from February to May, aligned with the marula fruit harvesting season.

Pouni Mask Festival Launches in Sanguié with High-Level Support

SANGUIÉ – The Pouni Mask Festival, an annual cultural event that draws participants and audiences from across Burkina Faso and beyond, officially commenced its 17th edition in Sanguié, in the Center-West region of Burkina Faso. The festival, known as FESTIMAQ, began on March 30, 2024, emphasizing the role of traditional masks in promoting peace and social cohesion within the nation.

According to Burkina Information Agency, this year’s festival theme, “Mask, peace, and social cohesion in Burkina Faso,” resonates deeply with the current socio-political landscape of the country. The Minister of State, Minister of Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection, Bassolma Bazié, attended the event, endorsing it as a platform for unity and cultural celebration amidst Burkina Faso’s ongoing security concerns.

The festival’s opening ceremony featured a variety of speeches and artistic performances, including a significant mask procession. Key government officials, including the Minister of State, Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Me Edasso Rodrigue Bayala, participated in the event, highlighting the government’s support for cultural initiatives.

Minister Bazié’s address underscored the festival’s importance as a symbol of resilience and solidarity, encouraging the community to leverage cultural heritage as a strength against adversities, including terrorism. The AMA president, Hervé Gué, outlined the festival’s diverse activities structured around four main pillars: performance of masks, sports activities, promotion of traditional products, and community health and social initiatives.

FESTIMAQ 2024 also aims to extend its reach, inviting mask societies from other regions and countries, thus fostering a broader cultural exchange. The event not only celebrates the artistic and cultural heritage of Burkina Faso but also contributes to the national strategy for cultural and tourist development initiated since the festival’s inception in 1990.