Our opera will participate in the 2025 Osaka World Expo as a cultural representative of Burkina Faso !!

Our Trailer/宣伝動画

On November 8, 2023, four years after the project began, the final version of the opera was premiered at CENASA in Ouagadougou, with the support of the current Burkina Faso government. This opera will participate in the 2025 Osaka World Expo as a cultural representative of Burkina Faso. (photo by Sophie Garcia)

the finalized version at CENASA/完成版公演ビデオ

With English, Japanese, and French subtitles.

Burkina Faso Opera Project 


 "LÀ-BAS OU ICI...", (there or here...) is a new style of opera in French and several other West-African local languages produced by Keiko Fujiie in Burkina Faso, Africa. 
The project, which started in late 2019, seeks to integrate multiple cultures, languages and art forms to create an open work. The title is taken from the semi-autobiographical novel
'L'Aube d'un avenir avorté....', written in French by Moyi Mbourangon, famous rapper, activist and political refugee from the Republic of Congo. Based on this novel, the libretto for the opera was completed by incorporating recent events in Burkina Faso as well as the personal experiences and thoughts of Fujiie's band members. Fujiie is an internationally renowned composer who already premiered several operas in Japan, Poland and Germany. In this project, her vast experience and knowledge of Western classical music and traditional East Asian music were put into dialogue and fused with the music and the spirit of West Africa. African music has no score and is transmitted orally, which means that the process of creating the opera requires a close communication and a longer rehearsal period than usual. 
The work in two acts were finally completed in November 2023.

The first five songs of the opera were premiered at the Goethe-Institut in Ouagadougou
in January 2021. Partial performances of the opera subsequently took place at  l'Institut français de Ouagadougou in April, at Le Bambou theater in Bobo-Dioulasso in February 2022, at the Grand Auditorium of  l'Institut français de Ouagadougou in March and again at the Goethe-Institut
in December.
By accumulating these performances, the group's members not only get a feel for the audience's reactions each time, listen to their opinions and make adjustments based on them, but also learn about the various things that occur one after another in the tense situation in Burkina Faso. I tried to think about such incidents and reflect them in the plot of the opera. This opera should not be a work that is divorced from the current situation of ordinary people in Burkina Faso. The primary objective of this project is to draw attention to the suffering of people in difficult situations and to call everyone to take responsibility for building PEACE with each other, without getting discouraged.

Get to know our opera & songs

Our Opera Project was presentd at SIAO 2023

SIAO, the International Arts and Handicrafts Trade Show of Ouagadougou

Performance at Bobo-Dioulasso

On 4th February 2022, we premiered the second version of our opera in  the second biggest city in Burkina Faso.

At Institut Français de Ouagadougou 

On 5 March, 2022, Ambassadors of various countries were also in attendance, and the performance was filled with excitement. 

Live concert at P'tit Bazal

In a cool live spot near the grand marcket Ouagadougou . 

The earliest recordings

When we were practicing in the shade of a tree in a big field

PREMIERE of the 1st ACT at Institut français 

23th April 2021 in Ougadougou

MAM SOUR BEBE with Taita

The title song of the opera "La-bas ou ici..." was translated into Morre. 


The last song of the opera "La-bas ou ici..." is to invite everybody to dance with us!. 

Media Appearances

SIAO performance

VOA TV news

Bobo performance

RTB TV news

Reportage about us

Canal+ TV

BBC Photo Story

A Japanese composer, a Burkina Faso story-teller and a Congolese rapper make an opera


Griots, rappers and composers redefine opera in Burkina Faso 

Current Cast (2023 November)


Composition: Keiko Fujiie, Maboudou Sanou
Libretto: Moyi MBOURANGON
Keiko Fujiie, Maboudou Sanou, Ibrahim Dembélé, Boureima Sanou, Yacouba Sanou,
Choir: Vox Christi
Actor: Lamissa Dembélé (known as little medicine)
Dance/Choreograph: San Yoshida
Supporting actor: Namifu Yamashita
Visual Arts: Osvald Landmark
Head of sound: Shintaro Sugiura, Christoph Binner

Direction/Produce: Keiko Fujiie

Our crowdfunding campaign finished successfully!!

The fundraising campaign started on 22nd August 2021 finished on 8th November successfully. Thank you very much for your support!!