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Digital Duets : Aguibou Bougobali Sanou and Yacine Boulares on Joe's Pub's virtual stage

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many artists continue to feel out of their element in their creative practices. Joe’s Pub -- part of the Public Theater -- seeks to address this by supporting joyful, collaborative work. The Digital Duets program has been designed to offer micro-commissions to 8 duos of artists who have never worked together before. BOBO - a video collaboration by saxophonist-composer Yacine Boulares (Tunisia/France) and dancer-choreographer Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (Burkina Faso) - is the result of one of these joyful pairings. 

For the Digital Duets projects, artists were encouraged to tap into any side of their creativity bringing them joy during this time, whether that meant working in their normal medium or experimenting with something outside of their genre.

BOBO by Yacine Boulares and Aguibou Bougobali Sanou will premiere on Joe's Pub's YouTube channel and IGTV at noon ET on Thursday, August 19.

Learn more about BOBO here.

Discover all Joe's Pub's digital duets here.

About the artists

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (known as Bougobali) is a choreographer, performer and the director of the In-Out Dance Festival in Burkina Faso. A recipient of many awards and grants including a Fulbright fellowship, he received a fellowship from NYU -The Center for Ballet and The Arts (NYU-CBA) in 2020.  He also recently created a dance program for young inmates (City of Bobo Dioulasso, BK) to help them to re-integrate their communities. 

In 2016, Bougobali was a semi-finalist on “Africa’s Got Talent.”  He has created work with support from the Institut francais (Paris), the Facets Choreographer residency in India, and the U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholarship. Born in Burkina Faso and raised in Burkina Faso and Mali, Sanou’s work is a mix of West African Mandingo traditional dances, Brazilian capoeira, and theater expressions drawn from his experiences with European stage directors. 

"I want to create moments of meetings, solidarity and exchanges, opportunities between national, local and international artists." - Bougobali

Read our interview with Bougobali here.

Yacine Boulares

A former graduate of the Paris National Conservatory, Yacine Boulares has lived in New York since his admission to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Exposed to different sounds, the saxophonist and composer started by touring for renowned musicians such as Fela Kuti's former drummer Jojo Kuo and the legendary Haitian Kompa band Tabou Combo.

These various collaborations allowed him to get closer to his Tunisian roots, leading him to compose on several collaborative albums and release Abu Sadiya, which revisits the forgotten repertoire of the Tunisian stambeli. This album was supported by the Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture (2016) and the Brooklyn Arts Fund (2018).

In 2019, Yacine Boularès presented Ajoyo with a new group. Born from the artist's multi-instrumentalist vision, the Afro-beat project offers an experience that links musicians to their audience. This project is the product of the artist's diverse influences, as well as the culmination of his reflections on his identity and his explorations of and research about North and West African rhythms. Brought to life by a group of artists also reconciling this double heritage, the music and lyrics of the album are Yacine Boularès' way of sharing a celebration of life, love and justice. 

In 2019 Yacine was selected to be a part of the prestigious Joe’s Pub Working Group to develop his newest project IFRIQIYA, a multimedia performance exploring the Afro Tunisian rhythmic traditions.

Yacine Boularès was also a 2019 grantee of Jazz and New Music, a program created by the FACE Foundation in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

About Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub, a program of the Public Theater, is an independent, non-profit music venue and restaurant dedicated to supporting performing artists at every stage of their careers. One of the six performance spaces within the Public Theater, it serves a vital role in fulfilling the Public's mission to serve audiences and artists alike, as an active member of New York City's creative community. At Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St, New York), vibrant culture meets genuine hospitality.