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Echos hypnotiques, from the Vaults of Albarika Store (Vol. 2: 1969-1979)

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Se Ba Ho
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Mi Ve Wa Se
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Azon de ma gnin kpevi
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Noude Ma Gnin Tche De Me
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Ahouli Vou Yelli
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Gan Tche Kpo
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Malin Kpon O
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Mede Ma Gnin Messe
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Agnon Dekpe
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Ma Tafou Gnin O
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Zizi
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Ma Dou Sou Nou Mio
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Koutomé
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Houe djein nada
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Minkou E So Non Moin
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 78:18

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12.14.09
The best and funkiest from Benin's finest
2014 | Label: Analog Africa / Believe Digital

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou were a largely local phenomenon during their '70s and '80s heyday, due largely to their location: Benin is a smallish African country, bordered on the east by Nigeria and with Ghana to the west. The larger nations' bustling musical scenes were far better distributed — but as you can hear from the first volume of their work, from 1972-75, and now this collection, covering a wider time span, Benin's finest… read more »

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The best!

Grubenstier

If this doesn't get you grooving, then you are a hopeless case! :-)

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more amazing afro beat flavor

Know1

the funk/soul/disco coming from The Continent in the 70's never ceases to amaze! guaranteed to move any progressive dance party!!!

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Jam'n!!!!

starbearer

this is some smooth sh*t!!! thanks a million to my friend Grant who turned me on to this!!

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The Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

It took more than six years and three crate diggers par excellence for T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou's brilliant, yet virtually forgotten, Benin brand of Afro funk to reach a roiling boil for a new generation of listeners. German collector Günter Gretz sampled three of the group's 50 to 100 albums (depending on who's counting) for his 1973 Reminiscin 'in Tempo compilation. The following year, Miles Cleret's Soundway label released The Kings of Benin Urban Groove… more »

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Take some Benin tradition — namely the sato and sakpato rhythms — then add heavy layers of electric soul and funk filtered through the prism of West Africa, and you have the sound of the music that Orchestre Poly-Rythmo recorded for Albarika Store during the 1970s. The basis of each of the 15 tracks here is a groove so solid you could walk on it (though you’d be more likely to dance) topped with horns and some deliciously wild guitar — admittedly, not always in tune, but it doesn’t matter, since the spirit of it shines long and loud. For the most part this is straight-ahead funk, but on “Zizi” there’s a detour into the kind of Cuban rhythms that were in vogue throughout West Africa for several decades. The real centerpieces, however, are “Gan Tche Kpo” and “Mede Ma Gnin Messe,” both over nine minutes long, giving everyone time to stretch out. The first is simply barely contained madness that never stops, while the latter is a serious workout for the horn section, which makes the most of it, trading licks and roaring off into solos. The original recordings might have been on fairly primitive equipment, but the sound is full (plenty of bass, and drumming that swings like the devil), and even the cheesy keyboard is appealing. It’s an absolutely irresistible disc from start to finish, a slab of steaming grooves (and you have to love the wah-wah guitar that pushes the closer, “Minkou E So Non Moin”). – Chris Nickson

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