V.A. – African Scream Contest – Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s (2008)

V.A. – African Scream Contest – Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s (2008)

After releases by Zimbabwean 70s bands the Green Arrows and Hallelujah Chicken Run Band, the Analog Africa label now delves into the amazing history of music from 1970s Benin and Togo. This compilation highlights forgotten raw and psychedelic Afro sounds, and the well-researched liner notes tell fascinating stories to accompany the mind-blowing music. The essence of Analog Africa is clear; searching in dusty warehouses for forgotten music to keep the sound alive. Label owner & vinyl collector Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Cotonou, Benin, “without any special expectations, just hoping to lay my hands on few good records–what I found in the process cannot really be described in words”.

Like most modern music in French-speaking West African countries, the music of Benin and Togo was influenced by a few main musical currents: Cuban, Congolese and local traditional music, as well as Chanson Francaise. Additionally, the geographical location of Benin and Togo–sandwiched between Ghana and Nigeria–exposed Beninese and Togolese musicians to Highlife music.

The cultural and spiritual riches of traditional Beninese music had an immense impact on the sound of Benin’s modern music. Benin is the birth place of Vodun (or, as it is known in the West, Voodoo), and some of the rhythms used during traditional rituals – Sakpata, Sato, Agbadja, Tchenkoumé and many others – were fused to Soul and Latin music as early as the mid-1960s and later to Funk. In the late ’60s and early ’70s rock and soul music started creeping into the region. In particular, the music of James Brown and Johnny Halladay became immensely popular with university students. It was then that the music scene in Benin really started to take off. That fusion is the essence of this compilation. The CD includes a well researched 44-page booklet & rare photographs. (amazon.com)

1. Lokonon André & Les Volcans – Mi Kple Dogbekpo
2. Picoby Band D’Abomey – Mi Ma Kpe Dji
3. Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – It’s a Vanity
4. El Rego et Ses Commandos – Se Na Min
5. Napo De Mi Amor et Ses Black Devil’s – Leki Santchi
6. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Gbeti Madjro
7. Roger Damawuzan – Wait For Me
8. Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiagos – Vinon So Minsou
9. Orchestre Super Jheevs des Paillotes – Ye Nan Lon An
10. Tidjani Kone & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Djanfa Magni
11. Discafric Band – Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon
12. Le Super Borgou De Parakou – Congolaise Benin Ye
13. Vincent Ahehehinnou – Ou C’est Lui Ou C’est Moi
14. Les Volcans De la Capital – Oya Ka Jojo

African Scream Contest-Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds

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15 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Aghori says:

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  6. hi there again :), I have now again a new blog, what means I have 3 blogs and working in 2 others too… but this new blog is about Psychedelic & Acid, it’s called “Psychedelic Being”… >greetings
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  7. caravan70 says:

    Terrific compilation – I plan to buy a copy , I now have yet another genre added to my “to be explored” pile….

    Great stuff, much appreciated!

  8. Cé xrmr says:

    great record. Danke !!

  9. Mick Jagger says:

    Hello, just found your blog; it’s brilliant, i’m really loving the 60’s psych comps; the Gainsbourg one is especially terrific.Cheers.

  10. Mr Tear says:

    I did… I did like it SO MUCH, I bought the record!!

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