After several releases predominantly spanning the South American continent, including the 2015 Tumbala EP from Soul Clap, Boston-born and Colombian based producer Bosq this time turns his attention to West Africa. Championing the sound of Benin band Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou, Bosq Meets Poly Rythmo Uptown plays host to and preserves the band’s unique infusion of their native spiritual sound with Latin rhythms.
Formed in the late 1960s, Poly Rythmo’s energetic style encompasses rhythms associated with the Vodun (Voodoo) religion with the best parts of jazz and funk music. Taken from their 2004 release The Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972 – 80, Bosq keeps the essence of ‘Hwe Towe Hun’ respectfully intact. A subtle guitar riff and shaker rhythm form the backdrop, with a soulful vocal sung in the native Fon tongue flowing steadily in and out, peppered with warm and jovial Afro-Latin horns. Bosq slows the tempo and draws out the vocal and trumpet sections, making for a less urgent sound but with the same delectable liveliness preserved.