Old African Music

African Scream Contest 2

African Scream Contest 2 est le deuxième tome de ces compilations, exclusivement consacré au Bénin et sorti 10 ans après le précédent album.

L’album couvre la période 1963​-​1980 dans la musique béninoise.

A trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness

Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics’ pile-driving opener, it’s clear that African Scream Contest II is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor. And just as you’re trying to get off the canvas after this one-punch knock out, an irresistible Afro-ska romp with a more than subliminal echo of the Batman theme puts you right back there. Ignace De Souza and the Melody Aces’ “Asaw Fofor” would’ve been a killer instrumental but once you’ve factored in the improbably-rich-to-the-point-of-being-Nat-King-Cole-influenced lead vocal, it’s a total revelation.
The screaming does not stop there, in fact it’s only just beginning. But the strange thing about African Scream Contest 2’s celebration of unfettered Beninese creativity is that it would not have been possible without the assistance of Lokonon André, a musician who had been trained by the Russian secret services to “search and destroy” enemies of the country’s (then) Marxist-Leninist president Mathieu Kerekou.


African Scream Contest 2 – Tracklist

  1. Les Sympathics de Porto NovoA Min We Vo Nou We
  2. Ignace De Souza & The Melody AcesAsaw Fofor
  3. Stanislas Tohon (aka Tohon Stan) – Dja Dja Dja
  4. Elias Akadiri & Sunny Black’s BandL’enfance
  5. Picoby Band d’Abomey Me Adomina
  6. Antoine DougbeNounignon Ma Klon Midji
  7. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de CotonouMoulon Devia
  8. Black SantiagoPaulina
  9. Lokonon Andre et les Volcans – Glenon Ho Akue
  10. Sebastien Pynasco & l’Orchestre Black SantiagoSade
  11. Super Borgou de ParakouBaba L’Oke Ba’Wagbe
  12. Cornaire Salifou Michel et l’Orchestre El Rego & Ses Commandos Gangnidodo
  13. Gnonnas Pedro & His Dadjes BandHow Much Love Naturally Cost
  14. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de CotonouIdavi

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