Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Brighton Music Hall starting 1 hour before showtime.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonouwith SMOD
Friday, July 20, 9:00 PM
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave
18+, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm, No Seating, $27 day of show
“Unstoppable dance music.”—New York Times
The greatest band in Benin's history, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, is back. The legendary West African band was founded in 1968 and has included some of the most influential and virtuosic African musicians ever to play a note. Similar to the Rail Band of Mali and Afrika 70 of Nigeria, OPR was extremely popular throughout West Africa in the 1970s. With an exquisite groove, a homemade Afrobeat funk that combined vodoun (voodoo) rituals, Latin music and James Brown–influenced jams, they played with the likes of Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti and Gnonnas Pedro. And, despite its age, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou are still going strong! Its newest album is irresistible, featuring tracks with Angelique Kidjo and Franz Ferdinand's musicians.
Led by guitarist Samou Bagayoko, the son of Amadou & Mariam, SMOD juxtaposes rapping with three-part harmonies and melodic guitar riffs in songs that rail against corruption and poverty.
Presented in association with Crossroads Presents.
Subscription discounts are not available for this concert.