Hermas Zopoula

Published May 6, 2009 by Graham


Hermas Zopoula is this rad dude from the West African nation of Burkina Faso who makes really beautiful music, comes from a family of 36 children, volunteers in an oprhanage, runs an internet cafe and loves mopeds. His debut album, Espoir is coming out on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records this month, and it’s amazing. A double-disc set comprised of Hermas’ quadrilingual folk songs alternately recorded in a rented government recording studio and in the intimacy of his own backyard, Hermas’ music carries none of the exotic connotations of “world music” in spite of its distant locale. Hermas sings straight to the listener like an old friend. Check out this video of Hermas performing on the street behind his house in Ouagadougou:

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