The Bariba Sound
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Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou were a groundbreaking Beninese pop outfit whose recordings blended the traditional melodies and rhythms of Benin’s Bariba and Dendi people with a wealth of unexpected musical styles including Ghanaian highlife, Congolese Afro-rumba, and American funk and soul. The group was founded by multi-instrumentalist Moussa Mama. He had learned his art at the feet of his father, a guitarist and bandleader who had founded Benin’s first highlife outfit, The Orchestre Sinpam. The group honed its chops by playing a nightly gig in the Congolaise, a Parakou nightspot that attracted a pan-African audience. By the time the group made its first recordings for the Albarika Store label in the early ‘70s, it was a fiercely disciplined musical unit, capable of riding complex rhythms to the point of hypnotic transcendence. The 15 tracks compiled on The Bariba Sound are uniformly excellent, from the ecstatic, chant-driven “Wegna’Nda M’Banza" to “Gandigui,” a demanding guitar workout that finds Moussa Mama twisting licks borrowed from American R&B into unexpected rhythmic shapes.
Top Albums and Songs by Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou
||Abakpé||The Bariba Sound||4:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Me Ton Le Gbe||The Bariba Sound||2:56||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Gandigui||The Bariba Sound||3:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hanoubiangabou||The Bariba Sound||3:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Wegne'Nda M'Banza||The Bariba Sound||3:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bori Yo Se Mon Baani||The Bariba Sound||3:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Sembe Sembe Boudou||The Bariba Sound||4:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Abeke Klouklou||The Bariba Sound||5:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Aske||The Bariba Sound||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||A Na Gan Garo Ka Nam||The Bariba Sound||4:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|