YAPA is a story of discovery.
First formed in Paris, the group’s three guitarists and one percussionist consider travelling the world an indispensable source of inspiration for their music. Archipel was heavily influenced by recent tours in French Polynesia and Great Britain and follows Pariwaga and Wagamumbai, recorded in Burkina Faso and India respectively.
After several months of independent composition, arrangement and rehearsal, YAPA assembled at Studio Meudon in France in January 2016, unleashing an intensely creative group dynamic and bringing a fresh, spontaneous sound to the recording which has been faithfully rendered by Sylvain Biguet’s high definition, zero compression approach to mixing.
After working with Victor Demé in Burkina Faso, Patrice Bart-Williams in France and Keerthi Sagathia in India, Archipel was also the opportunity for YAPA to collaborate with award-winning Canadian singer Melissa Laveaux on Phoenix and legendary bassist Pascal Mulot on Mahana Ninamu, and to welcome back long-term Burkinabe friends Salif Diarra and Baba Commandant as vocals on Maya.
Télérama, 09 2014, Anne Berthod : "
... no need for a guest to emphasize the tonic accents and the beautiful energy of their acoustic cocktail"
Le Monde, 01 2010, Patrick Labesse : "The melodies played by the boys have, as in a travel diary, the charm of spontaneity and the good taste of fantasy."
Guitariste Acoustique, 05 2014, Cécile Coat : "Sun !, YAPA had some at the fingertips to present their universe of globe-trotters ..."