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Alekpehanhou – Roi du Zinli Rénové
Polyrhythmic spirals courtesy of this zinli music cassette from Benin, for your journey to the other world. I am reveling in the beautiful, unified restraint of the elements here, boiled down to a persistent essence of drums, bells and vocals that linger like smoke in the mix. The eminently informative VOA African Treasures blog has some details on Alekpehanhou and the state of traditional music listening in Benin.
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this is fucking astounding
Terrific piece you did for the Collateral Damage column in The Wire, issue 340. Not a cut’n dried situation you are plumbing with becoming a netlabel, and your concerns and arguments on different sides of the fence are true and admirable.
Bottom line is the music is being heard, the artists are being recognized and rewarded, the world is richer culturally for what you are doing.
What an amazing album. I’m glad I downloaded this, I’ll probably listen to it for ages now.
[…] subject of a previous post, the Roi du Zinli Renove, as he is known in Benin, merits an additional look. His music is heavy. […]
the first track links to the second song. If you change the url you can download ‘Zozo Piaa!’