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  • blog April 22, 2015

    Benin Roots-Pop Mix

    In Benin, a small francophone country in West Africa, traditional style roots music is extremely popular: artists sell thousands of CDs and DVDs of music videos, pack stadiums for concerts and frequently appear on national television. There are many, many … Read more »

  • blog April 16, 2015

    Five Stars: A Benin Roots-Pop Primer

    In Benin, a small francophone country in West Africa, traditional music, vodun spiritual music and popular styles of roots music are intimately entwined. Creative artists transform traditional music into roots-pop by altering and ‘modernizing’ rhythms and instruments, writing their own compositions in … Read more »

  • blog January 31, 2014

    Benin: Transforming Traditions- Music Videos from Featured Artists

    To further explore the music of Benin, producer Morgan Greenstreet put together some exemplary videos from the artists featured in Benin: Transforming Traditions.  Sagbohan Danialou “Hoho Gbédji”: Nicolas Moncadas, a French documentary filmmaker, record collector, and author of the excellent … Read more »

  • program January 30, 2014

    Benin: Transforming Traditions

    This program tells the story of generations of creative musicians from Benin who translate traditional, largely Vodun occult music into popular and experimental music. We hear traditional music styles including tchinkoumé, agbadja, and kakagbo, and explore how, starting in the … Read more »

  • blog January 29, 2014

    Only On Youtube! Videos from Benin

    In Benin, (as in many other areas of the African continent) traditional music artists make detailed and fantastic music videos for their songs. In fact, some Beninois music is only available (outside street markets in Benin, that it is) online! … Read more »

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