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Burkinabé music, dance and youth culture captured by photographer Sanlé Sory

Published
10 April 2019
A new London exhibition and photo book features the work of photographer Sanlé Sory, showing young dancers and musicians in Burkina Faso between 1965 and 1980.
image copyrightSanle Sory
image captionSurprise party en ville (Surprise party in town), 1974
Sory spent much of his career at his photo studio in western Burkina Faso, working in the daytime.
At night, he would visit remote villages along the Kou Valley, north-west of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, to capture flourishing music scenes.
The parties would last until after sunrise, at which point the farmers and herders would head straight back to work to tend their fields and cattle.
"Life was cheap and everyone could have a ball. You could always go out and have some fun," Sory said.
Here is a selection of some of the work from the exhibition and photo book called Peuple de la Nuit.
image copyrightSanle Sory
image captionLes jeunes danseurs de Sikasso Sira (The young dancers of the Sikasso Sira neighbourhood), 1972
image copyrightSanle Sory
image captionLe diable noir (The black devil), 1975
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image captionLe quart d'heure rumba à la soirée privée (Fifteen minutes of rumba at a private party), 1977
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image captionLe malien et ses chaussures têtes de nègre (The Malian and his black platform shoes), 1975
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image captionLunettes nocturnes (Night glasses), 1977
image copyrightSanle Sory
image captionLe musicien (The musician), 1967
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image captionLes deux amoureux de Dogona (The two lovers of Dogona), 1972
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image captionLes danseurs de makossa (Makossa music dancers), 1976
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image captionValse à Bobo (Waltz in Bobo), 1968
The photo book Peuple de la Nuit is published by Stanley/Barker.
The exhibition is at the David Hill Gallery in London from 5 April until 31 May 2019.

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