Monday, November 26, 2007
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Contonou
I recently heard a track from this band for the first time and it hit me like a Mack Truck. Analog Africa posted a couple songs from a 1/4" reel he found while visiting Benin. The second song, Gnon A Gnon Wa, drops my jaw every time I hear it. I immediately went searching for full albums from the band. While they have numerous releases in their own country, there are only 3 available in the US, and only one that is readily so - the compilation The Kings Of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80. Kokoriko, track seven on this disc, spills butterflys into my stomach every time the backing vocals kick in at the chorus. Give it a listen and you'll see what I mean.
TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Contonou - Kokoriko
As for the video, it's not footage of the band itself, but it's sure to please all the same.