It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to say that we’re about to release the first NEW music in a number of years from some of the world’s greatest living artists. It’s actually more like every six months! Kidding of course, though the opportunity to work with Mulatu Astatke and Ebo Taylor on their new albums has spoiled us a bit. Well along those lines, let us tell you how beyond thrilled we are to be releasing new material from Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.
After a year of illustrious comeback live dates including New York’s Lincoln Center, WOMAD festival and Barbican London, the band will release its first studio album in over twenty years, Cotonou Club, on Strut / Sons D’Ailleurs in March 2011.
Produced in Paris entirely on vintage analogue studio equipment, this new album refreshes Poly-Rythmo classics such as “Gbeti Madjro” (featuring Angelique Kidjo) alongside a firing selection of brand new compositions. The album also features a special bonus track, an exclusive collaboration between Poly Rythmo and Franz Ferdinand’s musicians. The mighty orchestre embark on an album launch tour in Europe during April 2011.
Get ready for some fantastic new sound from some of the best to ever do it.