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Wally Badarou


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Wally Badarou was born in Paris, where his physician parents were educated and his father later served as ambassador from their West African homeland of Cotonon Benin (formerly Dahomey). Although he planned a career as a pilot, he was seduced by synthesizers and rock & roll, eventually becoming a well-known session keyboardist in England and his own Nassau, Bahamas, studio. Badarou’s early career included work with M (on the hit “Pop Music”), Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, and Island Records artists like Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, and the British funk band Level 42. In addition to his production and keyboard work for Level 42, he has done several film scores, most notably Kiss of the Spider Woman. You can hear both the rhythmic sensitivity of his African heritage and the harmonic sensibility of his classical training in his music.

November 2009, Wally Badarou comes back to music with “Fisherman”, a 15 minutes funk instrumental that he sells directly from his website using the GetJuke technology.

“Fisherman” is the first extract from an upcoming trilogy that he wishes to unveil to the public “song by song” before releasing it under a physical format.


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  • RussellChap

    Check out his work with Lizzy Descloux

    2 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Love42

    Check out his website for some old and new tracks

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • digital2u

    i love also the music of wally badarou

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Love42

    Love the new track Fisherman!!

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mingustav

    His production work on those mid-1980s Level 42 records is outstanding!

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Matty-J

    Ebygirl said it all!

    28 Mar 2009 Reply

    Oh and Hi-Life was my jam, I danced so hard that song sooo many times!!!! I miss being 5 years old!!!!! Im sooo freaking excited!!!

    30 Nov 2008 Reply

    Oh My Godddd!!! I cant believe this guys is on here! My dad played him at every party or event we had in our home back in the day! I was like what? 6?? but i still remember his music, the web is such a blessing, to be able to gain access to such outstanding music is wonderful.Now im older, i can better appreciate his creatvity, and I love it!! Wally Badarou is a genius, luv this!

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ozwebfx

    Diamond Geezer

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ShawnSalat

    Can't believe this shoutbox is empty!

    24 Jul 2007 Reply

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