Members of the ‘Artwatch Africa Ambassadors for Creative Expressions’ have actively condemned and seek justice for a bombed music studio in Burkina Faso.
The Studio Abazon belonged to Burkinabe top rapper and revolutionary artiste, Serges Martin Bambara aka Smokey.
The attack occurred in the morning hours of Thursday September 17 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It was reportedly carried out by members of the RSP, otherwise known as the ‘Presidential Guard,’ led by General Gilbert Diendere, the leader of the military junta that seized power in the country early today.
Two of the ambassadors, Nigeria’s Ade Bantu and Senegalese Didier Awadi, who spoke against the bombing of Smokey’s Studio Abazon, said the bombing reaffirm the fact that artistes’ life is not secured in many parts of the continent, and that African leaders.
They urged the Economic Community of West Africa, the African Union and the United Nations to make necessary intervention to ensure that the attackers of Smokey’s Abazon studio are brought to justice.
Smokey is the leader of a popular socio-political movement called “BALAI CITOYEN” (The Citizens’ Broom), which led the revolt against the dictatorial actions of former President Blaise Compraore. The popular revolt forced Compraore to resign and flee the country on 31st October, 2014. General Diendere was number two man to Compraore, and his leadership of the RSP had targeted Smockey and members of ‘The Citizens’ Broom, ” whom they perceived as enemies of the ousted Compraore.
Studio Abazon, according to rights activists in Ouga, was rocket-bombed by members of the RSP. According to report, the well-equipped studio, which is the hub of young and aspiring musicians in Ouga, was damaged beyond repair, which confirm the suspicion that it was an orchestrated attack on the artiste, who in recent years has become the rallying voice for the politically decimated angry and idealistic young Burkinabe.
Earlier in March, Smokey had played host to eleven other top musicians from eight African countries, who are known as the Ambassadors for Creative Expressions under Artwatch Africa, a project promoted by the pan-African body of artistes and culture workers, Arterial Network. The eleven musicians had recorded a single track in the studio titled RIGHT TO LIFE, which incidentally was campaigning for the freedom of artistic expressions.