Genres: R&B/Soul/Funk, World
Afro-funk combo Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo was formed in 1968, in Cotonou, Benin. Living up to its name, the band put its electrical arsenal to good use, mastering a wide array of genres or rhythms. Their repertoire also included Africanised versions of Western songs made popular by everyone from Johnny Halliday to James Brown. The ever prolific band boasts a couple hundred records to its credit and collaborations with African legends Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba. Rediscovered in 2007 by a French music journalist, the Poly-Rythmo seized the opportunity to embark on its first international tour. Recorded in a Paris studio with guests Angélique Kidjo and Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson, Cotonou Club came out in 2011.
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