Orchestre Poly Rythmo Cotonou

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The legendary Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo of Cotonou is much more than just a music band in Benin and Western African countries, it is like a banner. Close to 50 years of existence and 1000 songs in its discography, mixing funk, soul, and afrobeat musics with voodoo rhythms of Benin, they have performed along with the greatest african stars as Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango or Miriam Makeba.

 The new album entitled “Madjafalao” was released on Because Music (the label of Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam, Christine & The Queens etc.) in October 2016. It has been produced by Florent Mazzoleni, a famous French journalist and writer, specialist of the African music, and it got great reviews!


“Angular melodies, punchy horn lines, psychedelic guitar, an injection of funk and insistent, powerful percussion-beaten out on drums, gourds, bells and shakers. It’s music you can’t ignore.”

Simon Broughton in The Guardian

« A punchy horn section and superb percussionists who drawn strongly on Benin’s powerful ‘voodoo’ rhythms to create the Poly-Rythmo sound. »

The Evening Standard ★ ★ ★ ★ (Album of the Week)