T.P. Orchestre - Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop Du Benin
Acid Jazz Records is proud to announce an exclusive licensing agreement with Albarika Store, the legendary record label that defined the sound of Benin and influenced the entire region of West Africa and beyond.
This is the first exhaustive trawl of the archive and will see the label presented in a way that ensures its historical importance is recognized. The first fruits will be a series of super-rare and in-demand original albums to be reissued on vinyl. Poly Rythmo ’Segla’ – hens-teeth rare Poly Rythmo album from 1978 that was originally released without a sleeve as ALS059. Recorded at EMI Lagos, Nigeria, as per most of the Poly Rythmo recordings for Albarika, the sound quality is from the tapes is dynamic and fresh.
Transferred from the original tapes and remastered by Grammy award winning engineer Frank Merritt at The Carvery, they are presented with beautiful artwork and packaging to match the sonics. This is the music as it should be heard.
Over the next few years a comprehensive reissue campaign is planned for all formats, overseen by Florent Mazzoleni and David Hill for Albarika Store, with Dean Rudland as executive producer for Acid Jazz.
1. Mi Kple Mi De
2. Dodji Lo
Label: Acid Jazz
Genre: Latin, African & International
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: AJXLP551
Released: 20th November 2020