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Originally known as the ‘Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée’, their regular venue and one of Guinea's best for “bar dancing”. Gradually during their 20 year residency this changed to ‘Balla’ - after their leader Balla Onivogui. Balla himself was born in 1938 in Macenta, a small town in Guinea's south-east region near the border with Liberia. Balla Onivogui was one of the founding members of the "Syli Orchestre National" created by the Guinean government in 1959. Under…
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