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Legends of Benin (Afro-Funk, Gayacha, Agbadja, Afro-Beat)

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Dadje Von O Von Non
Artist: Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes
3:54
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Feeling You Got
Artist: El Rego et ses Commandos
3:44
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Honton Soukpo Gnon
Artist: Antoine Dougbé
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E Nan Mian Nuku
Artist: El Rego et ses Commandos
4:28
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Tin Lin Non
Artist: Honoré Avolonto
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Okpo Videa Bassouo
Artist: Gnonnas Pedro et Ses Panchos
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Ya Mi Ton Gbo
Artist: Antoine Dougbe et Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
6:37
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Nou Akuenon Hwlin Me Sin Koussio
Artist: Antoine Dougbé
5:04
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Na Mi Do Gbe Hue Nu
Artist: Honoré Avolonto
2:31
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Vimado Wingnan
Artist: El Rego et ses Commandos
6:47
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Dou Dagbé We
Artist: Honoré Avolonto, Black Santiago
3:01
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Djobimé
Artist: El Rego et ses Commandos
4:27
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Kovito Gbe De Towe
Artist: Antoine Dougbé
6:39
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La Musica en vérité
Artist: Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 73:47

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Chris Nickson lives in Leeds, England, the city where he was born. He moved back to the UK in 2005 after spending 30 years in the US, where he freelanced for nu...more »

08.10.09
Various Artists, Legends of Benin
2009 | Label: Analog Africa / Believe Digital

There was obviously some serious funk happening in the tiny African nation of Benin in the 1970s, and this disc, showcasing the work of four major artists, illustrates just how people could take that very American idea — which, after all, had its roots across the Atlantic — and mesh it with local styles.

Inevitably, there's some heavy James Brown fetishism, especially from El Rego; on cuts like "Feeling You Got" and "Vimado Wingnan," he's… read more »

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African Funk Party

omarstix

I don't care if I don't know what they're singing about. I know it's fun! Put this on at a party or in your car and turn it up! Turn your friends on to this and then say "you're welcome"

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awesome stuff from a great label

tancilivich

great stuff: hypnotic, funky and groovy as hell. any fan of 70s funk should try it out. and kudos to emusic for getting this--any chance of africa scream contest and other analog africa titles?

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Classic Rare Afro Funk form the 70s

frogkopf

If you like music that sounds like a cross between Fela and Funkadelic download this now!

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It’s funk, but refracted through a slightly bizarre prism. This music from Benin, recorded in the ’70s, is definitely funky, and you can hear the American influence — El Rego is a James Brown wannabe at times, although his band is looser — but it’s also strongly African in thought and execution. This excellent compilation focuses on four productive artists from the period, each of whom has his own take on the Benin sound, like different facets of a whole. The music of Antoine Dougbé flows, powered by guitar and percussion (just like all the bands here) and with some explosive brass and dynamic guitar work on “Honton Soukpo Gnon.” Gnossas Pedro can take a poppier approach — “Dadje Von O Von Non” wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the Hot 100 in the 1960s — but all of them can get rootsy under the Western influence. Imagine the Chambers Brothers crossed with the Super Rail Band and a touch of Fela Kuti and you have a rough approximation of the groups here, with Honore Avolonto very African on the percolating “Tin Lin Non.” But what unites all the music here is a strong, thick groove, soulful and deep, with El Rego’s “Djobime” particularly explosive. The men themselves are true characters, with professions ranging from brothel owner to voodoo priest. All in all, it’s a storming collection and a very in-depth look at a time and place that’s been ignored for far too long. – Chris Nickson

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