Wally Badarou

Wally Badarou

Wally Badarou (born 22 March 1955, Paris, France) is a musician from Benin.

A synthesizer specialist, Badarou is best known as the longtime associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul and rock. He has co-written, performed on and (later) co-produced a number of the band's tracks since its debut album in 1981. Though not an official member of Level 42, he has long been considered an informal "fifth member" of what has otherwise usually been a quartet led by bassist, Mark King. Badarou can be seen in the video for "Love Games" on the "Level 42 - The Collection" DVD.

A friend of Chris Blackwell (Island Records founder), Badarou also worked on albums by Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, Robin Scott "M" ("Pop Muzik"), Talking Heads, Foreigner, Power Station, Melissa Etheridge, Sly and Robbie, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Gregory Isaacs, Manu Dibango, and Miriam Makeba; produced albums by Fela Kuti, Salif Keita, Wasis Diop, Trilok Gurtu, and Carlinhos Brown; and wrote movie soundtracks (part of Hector Babenco Kiss of the Spider Woman most notably).

In 1989, he acted as musical director and composer for Jean-Paul Goude's show on the French Revolution, "Bicentennial".

In 1990, Massive Attack's "Daydreaming" (subsequently appearing on the "Blue Lines" album) is largely sampled from "Mambo" (on the "Echoes" album, 1984).

In 1997, Badarou helped setting up the All African Music Kora Awards, and produced & co-wrote "So Why" for the ICRC, along with Youssou N'Dour and Papa Wemba, a call against ethnic cleansing in Africa.


*1982 "Back to Scales Tonight"
*1984 "Echoes"
*1989 "Words of a Mountain"
*1997 "So Why"
*2001 "Colors of Silence: Musical Poetry for Yoga"

External links

* [http://www.wallybadarou.com Official website]
* [http://www.ultimatelevel42.com/media/groups_list.php?a=search&value=1&SearchFor=16&SearchOption=Equals&SearchField=group_band Wally Badarou discography]
* [http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/TUTORS.9.0.html?act_session=309 Wally Badarou RBMA video lecture session Pt.1]
* [http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/TUTORS.9.0.html?act_session=310 Wally Badarou RBMA video lecture session Pt.2]
* [http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/TUTORS.9.0.html?act_session=311 Wally Badarou RBMA video lecture session Pt.3]

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