Assa Cica & L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi (Benin, 1970s, Echos Sonores du Benin / Grataidisc)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi“, a powerful Afro Funk Soukous track with powerful horns & frenetic guitar parts, recorded in the late 70s by the Beninese artist Michel “Assa Cica” Agadjan Kpodan, driven by the voice of the legendary singer Eskill Lohento and backed by his almighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Enjoy !

Assa Cica & L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/4q0uN3AJrmk

Have a nice Wednesday, see you on next Sunday for another musical (re)discover !

Armand de Preseau

Aziza Joymakers de Porto-Novo – Africa Vi (Benin, 1970s, Oloruntola)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Africa Vi“, an outstanding psychedelic Afro Soul Funk breeze track with splendid instrumental guitar parts, taken from the only album of the obscure 70s Beninese bandAziza Joymakers de Porto-Novo” – Enjoy !

Aziza Joymakers de Porto-Novo – Africa Vi

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/zraiKvsoOaU

Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Bénin – Wodeka Koe (Bénin, 1983, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Wodeka Koe“, a mad percussive psychedelic afro jerk rock garage track taken from this very rare 80s compilation of previously singles released by the legendary Beninese band “Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou” – Enjoy !

Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Wodeka Koe

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/uMGMLNIuD34

Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Blues Ya De (Benin, 1979, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Blues Ya De“, another fresh & funky track from the almighty Beninese orchestra “Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou” – Enjoy !

TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Blues Ya De

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/Wsfxp0z-lKw

Have a nice wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Eskill & Vicky et Le T.P. Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Ecoute Ma Melodie (Benin, 1980, Ama Sun)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ecoute Ma Mélodie“, a bouncy tropical Afrobeat track about love, recorded in 1980 by the Beninese singer Eskill Lohento and backed by the famous almighty Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Enjoy !

Eskill & Vicky et Le T.P. Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Ecoute Ma Mélodie

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/sc4_RJMRvLg

Have a nice Wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Honore Avolonto – Tin Lin Non (Benin, 1983, LIR)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tin Lin Non“, a powerful Afrobeat track by the Beninese singer Honore Avolonto, backed here by Eskill Lohento & Joseph Vicky, two vocalists of the legendary band “Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou” – Enjoy !

Honore Avolonto – Tin Lin Non 

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/_lZ8LXWmV_4

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon (Benin, 1987, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nadjinon“, another late gem recorded in 1987 by the almighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, a mind-blowing 8min long syncopated Afrobeat Soukous track – Enjoy !

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/f8yrjMnxthQ

Best regards,

Armand

Orchestre Les Sympathics de Porto Novo – Benin To (Benin, 1978, Albarika Store)

The Orchestra “Les Sympathics de Porto-Novo” was a band created in 1972 in Porto-Novo, Benin, by Herman F. Laleye, the former leader of the very well known “Black Dragons Orchestra“.
They recorded a few LP in the 70’s (three, as far as I know), and also backed other artists such as Singer Nahounou (Amédée Pierre).
The band was composed by :
Herman Laleye : Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
Armand Pognon : Lead Guitar
Jean Apithy : Bass Guitar
Camille Zannou : Organ
Bonheur Gangbo : Vocals
Georges d’Assomption : Tumbas
Olivier Boke : Tumbas
Marc Laleye : Drums
Epiphane Zinsou : Drums
 This LP was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, at the mythical EMI Studios Nigeria, and was engineered by Mister Ayo and Mister Kayode Salami, great names of the Nigerian musical scene at the time.
I decided to make you discover “Benin To”, a splendid slow Afrobeat and Sato Vodoun rhythm song – Enjoy !
Les Sympathics de Porto Novo – Benin To
You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/kBn2Ttd_RXs
See you soon,
Armand

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Kou Djessou (Benin, 197?, Disques Tropiques)

Taken from a very rare single from the Almighty Kings of Benin, “Kou Djessou” is a storming Afro Beat track with psychedelic organ breaks and killer horns !

The song was composed by Bernard “Papillon” Zoundegnon and sung by Eskill Lohento – Enjoy !

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Kou Djessou

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/sFc0eAESPx4

Have a really nice week end,

Armand

Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens (Benin, 1980, World Wide Music)

Following to this former article, I decided to make you (re)discover a cover of the classic French song “Les Comediens” (sung by the great singer Charles Aznavour) by my favourite Beninese singer Gnonnas Pedro, who was also a huge fan of Charles Aznavour !
Two of my heroes linked with the same song, hope you’ll like it !
Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens