Orchestre Poly-Rythmo set for Glasgow Jazz festival date

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  • 23 June 2011
West African afro-beat band tour their new album, Cotonou Club

West African afro-beat band tour their new album Cotonou Club

The influential West African band Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou have set a series of tour dates circling the UK this summer, visiting Glasgow for the first time in the 30-plus years that they have existed a band. Having formed in the late 60s, they have accumulated a collection of different sounds, ranging from Afro-beat, soul and even influence from the late-great James Brown. This fusion of sound has provided the band with an array of global fans (including Talking Heads founding member, David Byrne), who have eagerly anticipated the release of their first record in over 20 years, Cotonou Club. Featuring a mixture of members new and old, and an innovative, cultural sound, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou are not a band to be missed.

Tue 28 Jun, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo Cotonou Club Album Preview

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou

Veteran Beninese band, who blend Afrobeat, highlife and funk influences in their party sound. David Byrne is a fan, as are Franz Ferdinand, with the band's Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson featuring on their current album which is their first in 20 years.

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