Playing tracks by
Orchestre Poly Rythmo and El Rego .
CHICAGO, IL - Earlier in July, I had the opportunity to sit down on the phone with Vincent Ahehehinnou, long-time lead singer of Benin's legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Over the course of our conversation, Vincent recounted various stories from the band's 40-year history; spoke about the importance of Vodun to their music and mission; shared his own views on Pan-Africanism; and more.
Thanks to DJ Matt Rarey for voiceover, Prof Christiane Rey for some translation help, and Eric Zinn for tech support.
TRACK LISTING (in order, artist-track):
Poly-Rythmo - Noude Ma Gnin Tche De Me (1970s)
Poly-Rythmo - Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome (early 70s)
Poly-Rythmo - Ne te fache pas (2011)
Papillon du Poly-Rythmo - Mi Wo Nonvi (early 80s)
Poly-Rythmo ft Angelique Kidjo - Gbeti Madjro (2011)
El Rego - Hessa (late 60s/early 70s)
Poly-Rythmo - Malin Kpon O (1970s)