Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

The plethora of recent archive releases from labels such as Soundway, Vampisoul and Analog Africa has dramatically increased our knowledge of 1960s and 70s West African funk and rock. While in Benin tracking down material for the African Scream Contest compilation CD in 2005, Analog Africa’s Samy Ben Redjeb found this footage of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou playing ‘Gbeti Madjro’. The song is credited with having launched the ‘screaming’ style of Afro-funk singing. The footage is in black and white but the quality is excellent, which suggests it’s probably taken from an early 70s TV show.