Smarty, (real name - Louis Salif Kiekieta) RFI Discoveries Award 2013 winner, embarked on a solo career after ten years of being part of the rap band Yeleen, in the shape of an album, Afrikan Kouleurs. The Burkinabe Smarty impressed the jury chaired by Asalfo of Magic System group and the public committed to his cause (7000 votes over 18 000). He has emerged as a key figure in African rap with his talents as he marries his words with both modern tunes and traditional melodies.
He distanced himself by his original rap allying traditional musical instruments (balafon, kora) and modern ones. The artist of Burkina Faso is on tours all over Africa where he is organizing concerts in French institutes.
He will be performing on June 24, 2014 at the alliance ethio-franciase, (addis ababa, Ethiopia) at 8:00pm. Free entrance, enjoy!
A little about Smarty
In 1999, he participates in the compilation Faso Connexion with the title as lively as colliding Papou Chéri. In 2000, he creates with the Chadian artist Mawndoé the group Yeleen.
In ten years, the group stood out as one of the most influential groups of rap in Africa. Smarty refines his style and reveals the plenitude of his potential. Both companions release five albums, receive numerous awards, including the best artist in Burkina Faso in 2007. They perform in Africa, in Europe and in the United States of America.
Thanks to this strong experience, Smarty launches now into a solo career with the album AFRIKAN KOULEURS. Virtuoso in the manipulation of words and sentences, he confronts modern rhythms with the traditional instruments and brings a fresh look to everyday life. Recorded between Ouagadougou, Bamako and Marseille, Smarty invites on AFRIKAN KOULEURS the renowned artists such as Tiken Jah Fakoly or Soprano.
To have a modern and contemporary sound with traditional tones, Smarty surrounded himself with musicians of the Bolo Bein Roots: a real artistic challenge!
Smarty, just performed in Johannesburg at Bassline Africa Day concert, Africa Week in Yeoville and at the Kitchener’s in Braamfontein, as part of an African tour.
The RFI Prix Découvertes New Artist Award enjoys a worldwide reputation. Over the years, the RFI Prix Découvertes New Artist Award has been awarded to diverse and popular artists including: Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast), Awadi (Senegal), Amadou and Mariam (Mali), Maurice Kirya (Uganda), Elemotho (Namibia), and 2013 to Smarty (Burkina Faso).
Every year, the juy of professionals is presided by a well-known personality. From Jacob Desvarieux to Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo, Richard Bona or Passi, the presidents of the Prix Découvertes RFI bring their experience and prestige to the Award.
The winner receives 10,000 Euros, a tour in Africa and a concert in the lovely Paris.
RFI and their partners are committed to the artist, offering professional support and coverage on their airwaves, websites and in festivals.
RFI Discovery Awards edition 2014 is launched. Registrations for the competition that promotes musical talents of African continent continue on-line on their official website.