Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Vol. 3 – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk

Yesterday saw the release of the 13th release on Analog Africa, taking the form of a 3rd ‘Orchestre Poly-Rythmo’ compilation. If you owned or heard the first two (read up on them here and here) you will know that this is big news. Incidentally ‘The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk’ is a compilation of 14 tracks covering the years 1969 to 1983 in what was apparently a key era for the band.

In the build up to the release Analog Africa made a few tracks available to stream, for those who weren’t already putting aside their pennies for a copy. Each covers a totally different angle on the material, ranging from a down tempo slow dance (Min We Tun So) via a more psychedelic kind of swing (Ecoute ma Melodie) to a straight up hard hitting funk number (A OO IDA).
If you haven’t been so lucky to have heard of these releases up until now, then do get to know. The body of work that these tracks are selected from is surely one of the great collections relating to the genre and era, and ‘The Skeletal Essences…’ is merely providing a window on the talent involved.
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