Burkina Faso is one of the most innovative film nations on the African continent. Filmmakers such as Gaston Kaboré, Idrissa Ouedraogo and Dani Kouyaté are internationally renowned for their cinematographic work and continue to shape contemporary African cinema today. Since 1969, the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou has also hosted FESPACO, the continent’s largest and most important film festival, which since 2020 has been directed by Alex Moussa Sawadogo, also artistic director of AFRIKAMERA.

At the opening of the AFRIKAMERA program at the Humboldt Forum, Burkinabe slammer, poet and actor Doueslik, together with musicians Erick Yelcouni and Oussou, will interpret film sequences from 50 years of film history of Burkinabe cinema from the 1970s to the present day with live music and poetry, thus presenting the diversity and the most important actors* of Burkinabe film art in a new guise.

Ali ‘Doueslik’ OUEDRAOGO was born in 1984 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and is a writer, slammer and actor. He began his artistic career in 2002 at the theater in Burkina Faso. He worked in workshops with theater directors such as Aristide Tarnagda and Moïse Touré and participated in the Laboratoire ELAN of the Festival Récréâtrales, where he created “Les sans…” in November 2016.

Erick YELKOUNI (b. 1987 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) learned to play the guitar self-taught, his favorite musical genres include jazz, Afropop, blues and mandingo.
He has toured with renowned artists such as Alif Naaba, Fatoumata Diawara, Smarty and KPG and has played at many festivals throughout Europe and Africa. In 2020, he founded the recording studio “Perfect Sound Records”.

Kiswendsida Ousmane OUEDRAOGO aka ‘Oussou’ is a professional drummer, in the music business for more than 20 years and member of the band “La dernière trompette” with which he performs in Burkina Faso and internationally in Europe and Africa. Oussou has several important artistic collaborations, including with choreographers Salia Sanou, Irène Tassembedo and Serge Aimé Coulibaly, and musicians Samsk le Jah, Smockey, Didier Awadi and Ismaël Isaac.

Salam ZAMPALIGRE has worked in film for more than ten years and is a member of the collective Génération Films. He is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de l’Image et du Son (ISIS) in Ouagadougou and also studied in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Salam has directed several successful short films and is currently working on the documentary “Le cab, le cinéma et moi”.