It all began in Africa ~ This almost applies for contemporary music on the whole, as almost the complete global music production is embossed by African roots, ranging from afro-cuban music, to jazz, blues, r&b, funk and soul. Although the beginning of current club music can be found in the jazz basements of ghettos of the States , this old expression fits one hundred percent particularly, to the style ''afro house
After a delay of more than 20 years, there's a new album from one of West Africa's great dance bands. Formerly known as TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – TP standing for "tout puissant" or "all powerful", and Cotonou being the largest city in Benin – they started in the late 60s, recorded dozens of albums, but took decades to achieve international recognition. A series of compilation albums led to their eventual discovery by Western audiences, and the reformed band gave their first UK concert in 2009. This new album features several of those who played with Poly-Rhythmo in the 60s and 70s, and it's a rousing, varied affair.