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Boomkat Product Review:
*Charming "come-back" album from a legendary and versatile Benin-based group featured heavily on recent West African funk compilations from Soundway, Analog Africa and Popular African Music. Includes contributions from Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thompson and Nick Mccarthy - oddly enough.* "Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are national institutions in Benin, West Africa. Formed during the late '60s, they soundtracked the years following Benin's independence under Kerekou's Leninist - Marxist regime, whipping up a groundbreaking fusion of traditional highlife, Afrobeat, soul, funk and the indigenous styles and voodoo-led traditions of their homeland. Their songs touched on all of their national languages - the mina French dialect, Fon and Yoruba - and confidently referenced a broad range of international music from James Brown to Johnny Halliday. As well as forging their own success, they were the first port of call to back many of West Africa's greatest artists, from Gnonnas Pedro to Manu Dibango and Bembeya Jazz."