Joey Le Soldat

( African Hip Hop Electro - Burkina Faso )

New Album - BARKA

- Released: 22 September 2017 -

BARKA is a new album heralding the return of one of the most exciting rappers hailing from the African continent. Over cuts inspired by 90's hip hop sliced with African samples produced by the beatmaker Redrum (producer of Charles X and Art Melody), and bolstered with DJ Form’s electro instrumentations, Joey Le Soldat dips his pen into the raw wound of Africa. With his deep voice and smooth flow, he draws a dark and powerful picture while simultaneously delivering a message of hope with an eye on the future. With eclectic sources of inspiration, he calls for dialogue on the track "Sous l'Arbre à Palabres", pays tribute to the revolutionary youth of Burkinabe in the title "Jeunesse", and denounces the sometimes shallow lyrics of other rappers on the song "MC". He also recalls the scars of colonial history and the lives of African skirmishers in a duet with the Guinean rapper Anny Kassy, ​​and becomes more introspective on the track "Doom", which laments a lost love. The first single "Zambo" tells the story of a scam gone awry. "BARKA" translates as "THANKS" in the Mossi language.


Burkina Faso, a combination of two words of its main languages, Mossi and Dyula, means "Land of the Integral Men”, and describes Joey Le Soldat well, a man with deep roots in his homeland.
Grandson of a sharpshooter and son of a militant independence fighter from the Sankara era, his real name: Joel Windtoin Sawadogo, has a strong military lineage. Weaned on the hip hop influences of his older brother - Wu Tang Clan, IAM, NTM - Joey began scribing his frustrations and dreams of change in his schoolbooks, and started rapping with friends in secteur 23, the neighborhood of Tanghin in Ouagadougou, where he still lives.

There are a lot of underground bands in Ouagadougou: in the low neighborhoods, young people take the microphone to feel free.

2009 - 2010

He graduates in Modern Letters at the University of Ouagadougou, and wins the improvised clash rap battle at the Waga Hip Hop Festival. He organizes sound systems on the squares of his neighborhood. To survive he works as a gardener, and gives evening classes to the children of his neighborhood.


2012 - 2013

He signs to the label Tentacule Records and releases his first album “La Parole est mon Arme” (“The Word is My Weapon”), setting the tone for his musical adventures.
He founds the band WAGA 3000 with French beatmaker Dj Form and Burkinabe rapper Art Melody. Over retro-futuristic beats, the two MCs reprimand the terror imposed by African military regimes and powerfully describe the extreme poverty of the districts of the Ouagadougou capital. The album is hailed by international critics. WAGA 3000 plays in Europe and opens for the rapper CASEY and American hip hop outfit, DAS EFX. In October 2013, he is filmed for the documentary “Segtaab Rap (Au Pays des Hommes Intègre)”.



They said, Soldat, you want to be a star? You have to rap in French or English... So should I forget where I’m from?
This is how Joey Le Soldat introduces his second album “Burkin Bâ” in 2014.
Stylistically the album evokes Roots Manuva and the Ninja Tune label. Tracks such as "L'Hivernage" and the song "Burkin Bâ" become much sought after in France and Burkina Faso, with a growing fan base among the Burkinabe youth culture, and radio play on local Burkinabe stations, BBC Radio, and more support from Mondomix (Album of the Month), France Inter (Enchanted Africa), and RFI (Radio France Internationale). The album is mastered by Dave Cooley, the man behind the sound of the Stones Throw label (J Dilla, Madlib, Mf Doom...).
Joey Le Soldat is invited by Sandra Nkaké on the television program Plus d'Afrique on Canal +. The album is played on RFI for two months, endorsed by journalist Claudy Siar. Joey le Soldat is runner up in the RFI Jeunes Talents competition, and is nominated for the Burkina Faso Awards in Best Hip Hop category, and stars at the Waga Hip Hop Festival. In Europe he plays in France, Germany and Italy, accompanied on the decks by Jah Tovo.

On 30 October 2014, Burkina Faso is shaken by a formidable popular uprising that forces President Blaise Campaoré to flee the country. At the call of the Balai Citoyen movement, and inspired by the memory of Thomas Sankara and the journalist Norbert Zongo, Joey Le Soldat takes to the streets with the Burkinabe youth, part of the "Second Revolution”, reversing the grip of a regime in power for the past 27 years!

Joey Le Soldat concocts formulas that make sense. Highly modern, verging on electro, the sounds support the powerful flow of Le Soldat in the service of his country’s youth. RFI - Radio France Internationale
Joey Le Soldat advances from the front, unleashing over powerful music his visionary lyrics, true weapons of mass construction. - MONDOMIX
Percussive rhymes, an undeniable verve, a beautifully deep voice and a real sense of graceful form. JEUNE AFRIQUE magazine
Wonderful piece of music […] the word that comes to mind here is atmospheric, it's just beautiful. BBC RADIO
One of the [...] strongest electro-tinged hip-hop cuts you’ll hear all year. THE GUARDIAN


Joey le Soldat’s popularity rises in Burkina Faso. On 20 September 2015 at a concert held at the "Place de la Révolution" in Ouagadougou, thousands of Burkinabe residents come to support the rapper.
Joey becomes an ambassador of the March against Monsanto in his country. The title "L'Hivernage" (see the video) symbolizes the struggle against the American giant. He collaborates with the label Akwaaba Music and forms the electro band Jomaaga with the Belgian beatmaker Max le Daron. He spends a few months in Ghana.

On November 17 2015, a coup attempt by General Diendéré plunges the country into terror. Again, “la Résistance des Hommes Intègres” repels oppression. A few days’ following the attempted coup, Joey Le Soldat releases the title "Jeudi Noir," offered as a pamphlet of resistance against the "the stupidest coup in the world."



In January 2016, Joey participates in the Swedish documentary “FONKO” which portrays the rising stars of the African electro hip hop scene. In March 2016, he sponsors the first Africa Bass Festival in Ouagadougou, and in September performs on stage at the biggest African electro festival ever: the Nyege Nyege Festival (Uganda). He releases the title "TRAVELL" accompanied by a video shot in the ghettoes of Kampala, Uganda. David Bolt plays the track on Nova's Grand Mix. (see the video)
In December 2016 he plays at the Transmusicales de Rennes, and conquers another massive audience.



Tournée 2018

16 MarchLes Eyzies - Staccato
17 MarchMassy - Paul B
18 MarchLa Roche sur Yon - Fuzz'Yon
20 MarchStrasbourg - Ind'Hip'Hop
21 MarchParis - Le Hasard Ludique
22 MarchGrenoble - La Bobine
23 MarchPau - La Centrifugeuse
24 MarchBayonne - L'Atabal
27 MarchCopenhagen - Alice
29 MarchRotterdam - Grounds
30 MarchAmsterdam - Pilek Live
31 MarchBordeaux - Garage Moderne

Tour 2017

17 SeptemberBruxelles - AB - Belgique
21 SeptemberBordeaux (Talence) - Les Campulsations - France
22 SeptemberToulouse - Le Metronum - France
23 SeptemberLille - L'Aéronef - France
28 SeptemberNantes (St Nazaire) - Le VIP - France
29 SeptemberParis - Nuits Zébrées de Nova - La Bellevilloise
30 SeptemberVenise (Marghera) - Aero Spazio - Italie
04 OctoberChalon sur Saône - La Péniche - France
05 OctoberDijon - TRIBU FESTIVAL - France
06 OctoberCoustellet - LA GARE - France
07 OctoberTenerife- Keroxen Fest - Espagne
12 OctoberBern - ISC Club Bern - Suisse
13 OctoberBulle - Ebullition - Suisse
14 OctoberGenève - La Gravière - Suisse
19 OctoberParis - MaMA Festival & Convention - France
20 OctoberAmsterdam - Paradiso - Hollande
21 OctoberMarseille - Fiesta DES SUDS - France