Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Coutonou / Volume One: The Vodoun Effect - Funk Sato From Benin's Obscure Labels 1972-1975

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Add Date: 2009-02-01 Pull Date: 2009-04-05 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Apr 5 Mar 8 Mar 1 Feb 22 Feb 15 Feb 8
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2009-02-10
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou
Reviewed by Sadie O., 1/26/09
Funky psychedelic Afro-garage from 70’s Benin, involving rhythms used in Yoruba (vodou) rituals. Fine singer - imagine Fela Kuti with a pickup band who are very high and channeling Shango, except for the half of them who are practicing for next week’s gig with Afrika Bambataa… Mondo cool-o!
1. 5:58 **slow fanfare, chanting, then uptempo syncopated highlife interspersed with moments of psychedelia, esp. in the keyboards.
2. 4:43 ***uptempo syncopated funk, soulful vocals, swingy groove. Jazzy psycho feel to the guitar solo. Call & response vocals.
3. 5:04 ****roots funk with jazzy horns and a bit of psychedelia.
4. 3:34 ***funky, minimalistic groove with complex syncopation, solo vocals.
5. 4:36 ***midtempo inscrutable but danceable groove, solo vocals and psycho sax. Ends with a few seconds of crazed guitar.
6. 4:12 ***smooth uptempo funky butt wiggler. Inspired guitar solo worthy of acid flashbacks.
7. 6:01 *****fade in to chugging groove, then terrific midtempo funk. Psychedelic farfisa with funkadelified horns – damn!
8. 3:24 ****roots intro with cowbell and chanting, then big band midtempo syncopated funk. Long guitar/keyboards-and-drums jam.
9. 4:12 ***makossa! A bit downtempo and stoned – but check that bass… ooooh! Call & response vocals – very vodou.
10. 3:59 **rootsy midtempo shuffle with maybe a proto-cha cha feel, tuneful solo vocals.
11. 3:34 ***uptempo, sounds Afro-Cuban (or Afro-Cuban sounds like it). Manic running bass and lots of “Latin Percussion”. Demented guitar solo!
12. 5:04 **people squeaking, chants, more squeaks, most chants… finally, midtempo lilting (yet semi-offkey) groove. Farfisa solo is particularly compelling.
13. 4:37 ***smooth makossa groove with horns. Long fade out with keyboards.
14. 16:29 ***drum jam! Chants… Vodou ceremony with funky sax – listen, if you’re nervous about things like orishas and sacrificing chickens, you probably should leave while there’s time… (another hidden track… music cuts out after 6:45, then there’s silence until 8:45, then interview in French, then 12:35 (~3:55 from end), another nice shuffling “Afro Cuban” groove.

Track Listing
1. Mi Homlan Dadale   8. Nouessename
2. Assibavi   9. Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni
3. Se We Non Nan   10. Akoue Tche We Gni Medjome
4. Ako Ba Ho   11. Nou De Ma Do Va
5. Mi Ni Non Kpo   12. Katoulie
6. Se Tche We Djo Mon   13. Kourougninda Wende
7. Dis Moi La Verite   14. Mawa Mon Nou Mio