High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wally Badarou, born in Paris, March 22 1955, is a musician from Benin. A Synthesizer specialist, Badarou was the longtime associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul and rock. HE has co-written, performed on and (later) co-produced a number of the band's tracks since its debut album in 1981. THough not an official member of Level 42, he has long been considered an informal "fifth member" of what has otherwise usually been a quartet with bassist Mark King, drummer Phil Gould, keyboardist Mike Lindup and guitarist Boon Gould. ALl the while close to Island Records's founder Chris Blackwell, he was one of the Compass Point All Stars, the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 80's by the likes of Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs.