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WaaterproOf & ZjAk - One hour Mix 100% Poly-Rythmo

WaaterproOf and ZjAk One hour Mix Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
WaaterproOf & ZjAk - One hour Mix 100% Poly-Rythmo
(MP3 Podcast on 2009-08-31


The Tout Puissant Orchestre de Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Benin will be playing tomorrow night at the Jazz A La Villette festival along with Amadou & Mariam (featuring guests Romeo and Michele Stodart from The Magic Numbers), Seun Kuti and DJ RKK (Radio Nova) - don't miss this show!! Anyone deeply into old school African music must have already stumbled upon the Jam Magica blog and its growing index of the Orchestre de Poly-Rythmo complete discography. I go there every month at least, and when I saw that Afrofunk collector ZjAk with the help of his friend WaaterproOf had done a one hour Poly-Ryhtmo mix for Radio Grenouille in Marseilles, I asked them to send us a high-quality version for us to podcast on Paris DJs, the day right before the Paris show.... They even re-recorded the mix to insure the best possible quality. It's all rare dusty 45s and old LPs selected and mixed with love, and remastered with care by Grant Phabao of course. Enjoy!

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Tracklisting :
01. "Aiha ni kpe we" VOLUME 4 -Albarika Stores- ALS 048
02. "Homin si tche" VOLUME 4 -Albarika Stores- ALS 048
03. "Medida" KINGS OF BENIN 1972-80 -Soundway Records- SNDWLP004
04. "It's a vanity" AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST -Analog Africa- AALP 063
05. "E ma dokpo mi o" 7 inch -Albarika Store- ASB 135 A side
06. "Gbeti madjro" AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST -Analog Africa- AALP 063
07. "Ai gabani" 7 inch -Albarika Store- ASB 135 B side
08. "Ecoute ma mélodie" ESKILL & VICKY -Ama Sun- SUN LPS 1002
09. "Hwe towe hun" KINGS OF BENIN 1972-80 -Soundway Records-
10. "N'goua" 7 inch number 8 -Badmos- BB122 A side
11. "A o o ida" 7 inch number 3 -Badmos- BB117 A side
12. "Davi Djinto" VOLUME 4 -Albarika Stores- ALS 048

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First aired on Radio Grenouille (Marseille)

Info (in french) :
Zjak, collectionneur avisé d'afrofunk (entre autres), nous a préparé une sélection autour du Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou. Ce groupe béninois majeur des années 60-70, bien qu'encore assez confidentiel, a enregistré entre 50 et 70 lps, ainsi qu'une centaine de 45 tours. Nous ne sommes donc pas au bout de nos découvertes. Comme son nom l'indique, le Poly Rythmo a joué en fonction des modes et des influences géographiques: Cuba, (le son & la salsa), la chanson française et les yéyés, puis la Soul (Otis Redding & James Brown) et l'afrofunk des voisins ghanéens et nigérians. (Lagos et son industrie musicale sont à quelques kilomètres de Cotonou) Mais le Poly rythmo développera également par la force des choses son propre son, vaudou, psychédélique et funky. Sa force est aussi dans la taille de son personnel: 3 chanteurs (pour la Soul, la chanson et le style béninois, mais aussi pour des questions de langage ...), une section de cuivres, basse, batterie et surtout un guitariste de renom: Papillon. Bonne écoute.
Source : Radio Grenouille 88.8

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Credits :
Selected and mixed by the WaaterproOf & ZjAk
Audio mastering by Grant Phabao (
Artwork by Djouls (


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