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Thursday 1 June 2017

The Biggest In All Benin

I had an excellent evening yesterday, being entertained by the artistes formerly known as Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (now rebranded as Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo).

There were ten of them on stage, and judging by their ages I would guess about half of them were from the original 1970s line-up and the rest were recruited when they reformed in 2009. The infusion of relatively new blood has certainly paid off, as they were decidedly sprightly and funky.

The lads are touring to promote their new album, "Madjafalao". They played most of it last night and, judging by their performance, it is well worth getting hold of. Until you do, though, here are a couple of old favourites to tide you over.

"Se Tche We Djo Mon"  - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou 

"Zizi" - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou 


  1. Didn't even know they had reformed, jealous you saw 'em!

    1. They are playing some shows in Europe from this weekend until the end of June, but not heading down your way as far as I can tell. Now, if you were still in Amsterdam that would be a different matter - they are there on the 25th

  2. Oh well, rather here than there. I'll play me their album once more.

  3. Two absolutely storming tracks. Toptastic stuff.