10 March 2011

The Return of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

I haven't heard the full album yet, but the first single is indeed tasty. I'm talking about the upcoming album from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, a big, energetic band from Benin that formed during the 1960s and mixed up styles including traditional folk/sacred music, soul, funk, Afrobeat, and highlife.The new album is called Cononou Club, and it hits stores April 12. Here's a preview:

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Pardon by Strut


From the label:

Proving incontrovertibly that 20 years has done nothing to diminish Orchestre Poly-Rythmo's capacity for fiery funk, "Pardon" shows the band in top form.  Though the lyrics aren't in English, the liner notes hint at their content: "Is forgiveness a Christian or a voodoo idea? It is simply necessary, answers Maximus Adjanohun, the band’s original guitarist. 'Forgive, even if a man has tried to seduce your wife.'" 

Recorded in Paris and produced by Maillot, Cotonou Club is the band’s first new album in over 20 years, a celebration of the Poly-Rythmo sound with new versions of the band’s classics, including massive West African hit ‘Gbeti Madjro’, and a host of new compositions. Guest appearances include African superstar Angelique Kidjo, who began her career in Poly-Rythmo’s backyard, new World Circuit signing Fatoumata Diawara and Paul Thomson and Nick McCarthy from indie favourites Franz Ferdinand, both huge fans of the group’s sound. Their collaboration, ‘Lion Is Burning’ storms through with its own unique energy.

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