Thursday, September 13, 2012

Videos Of Traditional Benin West African Music

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents seven videos of traditional music from Benin, West Africa.

In addition to showcasing & enjoying the vocal & instrumental music, I'm interested in viewing the dances, clothing, male or female head gear styles, and the scenes that are shown in these videos.

Click for information about Benin (formerly known as "Dahomey".)

The content of this post is presented for recreational, folkloric, and aesthetic purposes.

Note: I don't speak the language/s found in these videos. Information about the meaning of these songs would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

All rights to this material remain with their owners.

(These videos are presented in no ranking order.)

Video #1: BENIN - Dossou Letriki - Evivi yenadou

Uploaded by kandevie on Aug 6, 2011

Traditional Masse Gohoun Rhytm from Avrankou, Benin, West Africa

Video #2: Didolanvi Félix

Uploaded by polorishas1 on Feb 21, 2009
Here's a viewer comment which is partly written in English (which unfortunately is the only language that I understand, although I can piece together the meaning of most of these French words)
"i love this song soooooooooooooooo much, i m from porto novo, benin but now living in america. Dieu benisse ce monsieur, ce morceau m inspire et m emporte au ciel, la bonte de Dieu sur nous est inestimable. j adore la joie de vivre du village, la fraternite, l ambiance entre famille"
-evystoful, 2011


Uploaded by HERVAKOMDJ on Oct 11, 2009
Here's a viewer comment written in English:
"I sure love this music and the Egungun magical moves. God bless Africa !!! This is great. I will one day visit Benin Republic by God's grace"
-allen parker; 2012

Video #4: Benin- Janvier Denagan - Guigo

Uploaded by EHUZU1 on Feb 11, 2009

Video #5: Benin music- Don Metok : Gnonnou

Uploaded by BIGDAVOLK on Dec 31, 2008
Here's a comment written in English from this video's viewer comment thread:
"oooh he is talking about women. The parralel between "Yonnou" and "Yon nou" In Fongbe language, Yonnou means woman but also when smebody tells you "yon nou" it means "pay attention to the way you drink it" the conclusion is, men should drink women softly and know how dangerous they can be if they want to...and they can easily get drunk if they abuse...dnt know if u understand what i mean"
-nacareby; 2010
I also want to mention that I'm not sure if this song or singing style is actually "traditional" but I wanted to include it because I really love the song.

Can anyone confirm if this is a traditional song? Thanks in advance.



Uploaded by HERVAKOMDJ on Mar 3, 2009

Video #7: BENIN Anice pépé - SOUROU-

Uploaded by chegundossi on Sep 16, 2010

Sourou (du calme,patience).Dans la vie il faut de la patience,du calme en toute chose

Agbadja Music & Dance & Gbessi Zolawadji

Thanks to the musicians, singers, and dancers who performed in these featured videos. Thanks also to the videographers, video uploaders, and commenters who I have quoted on those video's comment threads.

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Viewer comments are welcome.

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