BENIN – BÉNIN
Two Untitled cassettes from Benin:
1 – Moufa Laif – Yoruba Apala Music from Porto Novo (Cassette)
2 – Catholic Church Service in Mina & French – unknown church, Cotonou (Cassette)
In 1990, I met a wonderful gentleman in the Cotonou market (pictured above with his son, who is holding an LP by the father of Juju music I.K. Dairo), who found many great unmarked cassettes for me. He was passionate about music, both traditional and modern, and was utterly delighted when he heard the two Indian raga cassettes I had with me, which I gave him in return.
Featured here is a live performance by Moufa Laif, Porto Novo’s most eminent Yoruba Apala singer in the 1980s, with particularly good gan gan talking drums. The following four tracks are heartfelt renditions of Catholic hymns. Both were probably recorded in the late 1980s.
En 1990, j'ai rencontré ce monsieur sur le marché de Cotonou (photographié ici avec son fils tenant un disque d'I.K. Dairo, le créateur de la musique Juju), qui m'a déniché de nombreux disques et cassettes, certaines sans titres. Ce grand passionné de musique, à la fois traditionnelle et moderne, était absolument ravi quand il a entendu les deux cassettes de raga indien que j'avais apporté.