A Musician’s Dream: ‘I Want to Fill the Stadium!’


| 7/10/2009 4:22:07 PM


Tags: Arts, Music, Africa, Burkina Faso, Afropop, world music, Hermas Zopoula,

Hermas ZopoulaHermas Zopoula is a musician from Burkina Faso in West Africa. In the July-August Utne Reader, writer Frank Bures calls his new two-CD debut album Espoira great addition to any Afropop fan’s library.” Zopoula is not yet living the life of a world music star, however: He still works as a translator for Air Burkina at the international airport in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, as he prepares to record his second album and hopes for his star to rise. Bures recently caught up with Zopoula by phone to discuss his music and his life. Here is their conversation. —The Editors

Listen to a sample track from Espoir:
"Companion de Route" by Hermas Zopoula

Hello, Hermas. How are things in Ouagadougou?

I’m fighting with the heat.

Is it hot there now?

Well it’s six o’clock and dark is just coming, so now it is a little bit not hot. But to you it is hot. If you were here at around 12 o’clock I’m sure that you would melt.