Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Jun 16 2018
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Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou, to give them their full name, are one of the most prominent, prolific, and successful African bands of all time.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, to give them their full name, are one of the most prominent, prolific, and successful African bands of all time.
Originally from the coastal town of Cotonou in Benin, they formed in the mid-1960s and performed until the early 1980s all around Africa. Their name referred to the rhythmic dexterity that the group possessed, switching as they could between traditional Vodun rhythmic styles of Benin, the Afrobeat popular in Lagos and around Nigeria, the high-life style from Ghana, the rumba rhythms of Congo, and pretty much anything else that they tried their hand at.
After some lean years, the group reformed properly in 2008 around Clément Mêlomê, Bentho Gustave Bentho and Ahehehinnou Vincent, since when their music has found new audiences around the world.
Their mixture of utterly danceable rhythms with punchy brass choruses and spidery guitar riffs makes for a celebration of the all best things about West African music.