The Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
Vincent Dossa Ahehehinnou : vocals
Désiré Dodji Ajanohun : solo guitar
Cosme Anago : vocals
Vital Adédjobi Assaba : trumpet
Gustave Eustache A. Bentho : bass
Célestin Honfo : congas
Augustin Pierre Agosse F. Loko : saxophone
Degbo Moise Hubert Loko : keyboard
Gontran Guedou : trombone
Roland Gilblas Melome : drums
The legendary Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo of Cotonou is much more than just a music band in Benin and Western African countries, it is like a banner. After a successful three-weeks tour in November 2015, the famous orschestra will be back on tour at Spring/Summer 2016, with a new album and a movie-documentary to be released !
The Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou brings not less than 46 years of existence and 500 songs in its discography, mixing funk, soul, and afrobeat musics with voodoo rythms of Benin. Even if they have performed along with the greatest african stars as Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango or Miriam Makeba, and have been broadcasted on the national radio, the Orchestra had never went out of Africa before 2007.
On the occasion of an interview on the French national radio, the band could finally fullfill its dream and leave on international tour in August, 2009, appearing at Villette Jazz Festival, Barbican in Londres, Paradiso in Amsterdam, etc. Their pieces, which did not take a wrinkle, were reedited by prestigious labels as Analog Africa, and festivals all over the world requested them (Printemps de Bourges, Primavera Sound Barcelona, International Jazz Festival of Montréal, etc.)
“Cotonou Club” is the first studio album of the band in 25 years. It was recorded in Paris and released on Sound’Ailleurs / Universal Music Jazz in 2011. It delivers prestigious featurings with Franz Ferdinand, Fatoumata Diawara and Angélique Kidjo.
The next album, to be released on Because Music (the label of Manu Chao), is produced by Florent Mazzoleni, a famous French journalist and writer, specialist of the African music.