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New record : Archipel



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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 ..."


"Yapa and sound"

We are often told that we have a "good sound". It makes me almost as happy as when we are complimented on the music itself.
For Yapa this is essential, and it is always a sum of multiple factors that must be green to achieve a good result.
We have taken care to choose good instruments that we always work individually but also with each other because the sound envelope of Yapa is a whole and not a sum of individual instruments.
Sound pickup and amplification are also extremely important as the sound system takes over from our guitars which can hardly shine acoustically in concert.
There is always the difficulty of mixing our three guitars in the sound system, in an intelligible way, since their sound resembles in the middle of the percussion : we are often told that it is difficult to know who is playing what. Often the volume of the instrument which is supposed to take the attention must be increased.

The L-ISA sound system brings us a unique solution because the principle is that each instrument can have its loudspeaker, so there is no mixing of instruments and the sound coming from different speakers allows our ears to locate them very easily: one immediately understands who plays what.
In addition there is no need to increase the level, it is therefore more pleasant for everyone, especially for the youngest, I can not stand seeing people putting ear plugs or headphones in going to concerts.
Finally by putting speakers on a wide width we get a sense of immersion in the sound, we have a wide panorama.
In short, an experience to discover absolutely to fully enjoy the music of Yapa!