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The Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972 - 80
T. P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
Soundway Records
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Release Date
June 6, 2004

Arguably West Africa’s best-kept musical secret, Orchestre Poly Rythmo are from the Republic of Benin in West Africa and are a household name in their home country. This collection reflects their many poly-rhythmic styles including hard afro-funk, driving afrobeat, deep Afro-latin and Cuban grooves – this fusion is the product of combining the sounds they had heard in Lagos with two traditional Vodun rhythms: Sato and Sakpata.

Being such a small country, Benin has had little in the way of musical exposure over the years and many people have had no idea to it’s exact location sandwiched alongside Togo between Ghana and Nigeria. In 2009 the band reformed and embarked on their first European tour putting Benin firmly on the map. This compilation earmarks the cream of their recording output and sounds as fresh today as it did then.

REVIEWS “Hot afro licks with a magical and hypnotic quality” MOJO

“Now is the time to savour in full the many delights of these kings of Benin” BEAT (USA)

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Aihe Ni Kpe We 7:12 Buy

    Aihe Ni Kpe We

  2. 2 Les Djos 3:40 Buy

    Les Djos

  3. 3 Hwe Towe Hun 4:09 Buy

    Hwe Towe Hun

  4. 4 Gendamou Na Wili We Gnannin 6:12 Buy

    Gendamou Na Wili We Gnannin

  5. 5 Mi Si Ba to 5:02 Buy

    Mi Si Ba to

  6. 6 Avoun Doupou Me Douga 3:30 Buy

    Avoun Doupou Me Douga

  7. 7 Kokoriko 6:39 Buy


  8. 8 Ne Te Faches Pas 10:10 Buy

    Ne Te Faches Pas

  9. 9 Kou Tche Kpo So O 3:15 Buy

    Kou Tche Kpo So O

  10. 10 Gbeto Vivi 5:45 Buy

    Gbeto Vivi

  11. 11 Agnon Djidjo 7:52 Buy

    Agnon Djidjo

  12. 12 Medida 2:58 Buy


  13. 13 Angelina 3:30 Buy


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