As a self-taught musician, Achille Ouattara emerged from a gospel atmosphere that his family passed on to him in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. He quickly made a name for himself as a bass player on local stages in Burkina Faso, introduced by the famous drummer Ablo Zon. He performed multiple times with musicians such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Alif Naaba, and so forth.
At the International Summer Academy of Wallonia (AKDT), in Belgium, he took courses given by the bass players Didier Likeng and Benoît Vanderstraeten, and the contrabass players Alexandre Furnelle and Jean-Louis Rasinfosse. He perfected his approach of african music and jazz by also learning drums, piano and singing.
Since 2013, he performs on international stages with the sextet Afrikän Protoköl. In 2014 and 2015, he and the members of this music group started running internship programs at the International Summer Academy of Wallonia.
Since 2010, he develops an educational program for children and teenagers in Burkina Faso. With his brother Herman Ouattara, who is also a musician, he created Joy Ministry, which is a music school and recording studio in Bobo-Dioulasso, in which numerous musicians in the making are trained. Joy Ministry allowed Achille Ouattara to pass on his passion for music.
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