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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou: The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk
Beautiful presented compilation of 1970s mixture of funk, soul and rumba... thrown everything in a Benin grinder
Take funk, soul, psychedelia and rumba, mix it up with a thick dose of heavy local rhythms and throw everything in a Benin grinder. The brew is then mixed up with hypnotic Farfisa solos, gritty guitar riffs, distorted bass lines, warm horns and the result, of exorcizing proportion, will lead to frenetic body movements. Some people bang their heads, others jerk their feet or feel an urgent need to get up and start shaking their hips. One thing is common, though, to everyone who submits their ears to a spinning record by the mighty Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: you simply can’t stand still. And this new compilation is proof of that - here are 14 funky tracks by the legendary ensemble from Benin that has been deemed as "West-Africa's best kept secret," or as the "The D.N.A. of voodoo groove"? Following two previous Poly-Rythmo collections released by multiple award winner label Analog Africa - "The Vodoun Effect" (2008) and "Echos Hypnotiques" (2009) - this third compilation is another proof that our ears are facing "One of the Funkiest bands in the world"?