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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer magnificence, 9 May 2010
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This is a fantastic compilation of some of the greatest recordings by the Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou who are described in the liner notes as "arguably West Africa's best kept secret." These one-take live recordings have an intoxocating immediacy, urgency, rawness, permanence and subtlety and I defy anyone not to be moved by the music or the stories in the lush booklet of the circumstances in which therecordings were made, the dangers facing the various musicians and the miracle that some of the recordings survived.

While the entire album is a joy, the third to sixth tracks provide a run of music which I think is hard pressed to be beaten. From the urgent brass of "Se We Non Nan" to the haunting, hypontic refrain at the beginning of "Mi Ni Non Kpo" to the joyous funk of "Se Tche We Djo Mon." This compilation is a joy from start to finish. If you thought that Kela Futi represented the apotheosis of African music, think again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vodoun Effect, 29 Mar 2009
Excellent CD. My first foray into the musical culture of Benin, and it's whet my appetite. Not one dud on the whole album. Don't play it in the car as it makes you want to get up and shake your booty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good cd, 2 Oct 2009
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This is a beautifully packaged comp with a well researched booklet, this and the scream contest are both excellent. a labour of love.
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