Friday, June 17, 2011
T.P Orchestre Poly-Rythmo- The Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80
It's a real shame that any number of these West African bands, predominantly from Nigeria and Benin, didn't get to tour the States during this fertile music era from the 60's and 70's. They would have killed, no, slayed audiences here. This music has as much or more funky energy, musicianship, and swagger than any similar music made in the States. On this record, and often on a single track, you'll get heaping doses of calypso rhythms, spaced out synth lines, heavy bass, blazing guitar solos, and horns a plenty. T.P Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, a veritable Benin supergroup, released upwards of 50 albums, giving you a sense of the prolific output coming out of West Africa at this time. And this was merely one of many, many bands.
Tune in to this region and this genre, don't miss out on some of the best music produced in the world.
Buy this record when you need some fruit from the vine.