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We are a very, very lucky city to be so beautifully graced by the mere presence of the afrobeat/funk/jazz/beyond-genred The T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou! This massive ensemble formed in the late 60’s in Benin, West Africa, and they have been breaking genres and creating their own incredible sound ever since. They’ve released 500 (FIVE HUNDRED) albums since then, and they only recently started touring world-wide. This is really a special group. Most prominent about them(other than the 500 albums thing) is the huge sound they create — layers and layers of minimal percussion through drums, keyboards and hand-made and local instruments. Add to that noodle-y/authentic 60’s African Garage and raucous, fun lyrics — it’s amazing. Their music is so extraordinarily accessible, and they really appeal to a wide audience. For fans of complex arrangements or simple dancing, this group is really something special. You definitely got to check out this show at Brighton Music Hall — TONIGHT. The show is 18+, $25 (worth it 10X over) and doors at 8pm. Malian SMOD, featuring Amadou and Mariam’s son, opens, playing their brand of Bhangria hip-hop.

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