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Tchinkoume

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Tchinkoume is a genre of traditional drumming, singing and dancing that originated in Mahi country, north of Abomey in the south central area of the Republic of Benin. The city of Savalou is the center of tchinkoume practice, but the style...

Masse Gohoun

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Masse gohoun is a style of popular music that was created in the late 1960s by Yedenou Adjahoui (1930–95), a beloved Gun singer from the village of Avrankou, outside of Porto Novo, Benin. The style is characterized by an active lead drum...

Brass Band Music in Benin

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Brass band music in Benin is a diverse genre. It includes local ensembles called fanfares that accompany ceremonies such as funerals, weddings and baptisms, as well as brass bands that record albums and tour abroad. The repertoire...

Gahu

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Gahu or (agahu) is a West African neo-traditional drum-dance that became popular during the mid-twentieth century in Ghana, Togo and Benin. It is an up-tempo, polyrhythmic music played in syncopated 4/4 and 2/2 time, and its ensembles...

Kaka

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Kaka is a traditional genre of drumming that originated in and around Porto-Novo, Benin, as the ritual music of the Zangbeto secret society, whose members wear full body masks and incarnate the zangbeto spirits during ceremonies...

Zenli

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Zenli (also known as zinli) is a funereal style of drumming, singing and dancing practiced in Republic of Benin. Zenli is characterized by the prominent use of the lead kpezin clay drum, which responds to the vocalist’s poetic and melodic...
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...Considered by Time Magazine to be “Africa’s premier diva,” the contribution of Angélique Kidjo to African pop music exists in an elite category. Born in the French colony of Dahomey, now Benin, in 1960, Kidjo was raised listening...

Benin

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 6,629,000 (2002) The People’s Republic of Benin is a West African country of 43,211 sq miles (110,620 sq km), bordered on the west by Togo and by Nigeria to the east. The largest city, Cotonou...