Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Seven Videos Of Beninese Recording Star Ricos Compos

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven videos of songs performed by Beninese vocalist Ricos Campos.
Information about Benin is included in this post along with information about Ricos Campos and a few comments from some of these featured videos' discussion threads.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Ricos Campos for his musical legacy and thanks to all those who are featured in the videos that are embedded in this post. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

"Benin ... officially the Republic of Benin ... and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline on the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean.[7] The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city and economic capital....

The official language of Benin is French. However, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are commonly spoken....

The country of Benin has no connection to Benin City in modern Nigeria, nor to the Benin bronzes.

"Benin has played an important role in the African music scene, producing one of the biggest stars to come out of the continent in Angélique Kidjo. Post-independence, the country was home to a vibrant and innovative music scene, where native folk music combined with Ghanaian highlife, French cabaret, American rock, funk and soul, and Congolese rumba. It also has a rich variety of ethnomusicological traditions."...

[Note: This biography is translated from French into English by Google translate. That translation is given "as is".]
"Ricos Campos real name of Eric Campos was born on 24 March 1971 in Benin's capital Porto-Novo. He catches the virus of music from the age of 6 years. This young man with the voice of a nightingale, often compared to that of the dean Papa Wemba, began his solo career in traditional music. After initiated several years with Adolphe YEHOUELASSI, Benin traditional musician, he decided to make music his livelihood. Using a first guitar, he began a series of compositions. After obtaining his CPCE, he joined the choir of the Church of St. Francis Xavier from Porto Novo.
Two years later it was the turn of "Ascension", 8 titles and distributed by Lucas Koffi to be discovered by the Beninese public.

With several tours through Benin and neighboring countries and a strong presence on the national airwaves, Ricos acquires some confidence and becomes unavoidable on the Beninese music scene.
In early 2002, after a long stay in Ivory Coast, the voice of Rossignol is back this time with an album recorded entirely in the studio Akwaba Freddy ASSOGBA in Abidjan and produced by DECAMEL productions (opening soon its offices Cotonou). An album of 8 songs entitled "Love Ends to grave", which made a splash thunder in Cotonou, Lome and Abidjan, which also attacked Accra, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Bamako, Dakar, Douala and Libreville. An album that ends to establish professionalism and popularity of Ricos in Benin."

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated video given first.

Example #1: Benin- Ricos Campos -Amour finit au tombeau

yel Yel, Uploaded on Apr 24, 2008
Google translate of "Amour finit au tombeau = "Love ends in the tomb"

Example #2: Benin Music-Ricos campos: Courage

HERVAKOMDJ, Uploaded on Mar 5, 2009

Album coulant comme du pain au marche Dantokpa au benin.
God bless BENIN
Translated from French to English

Album flowing like bread Dantokpa walking in Benin"
Here's some information about Dantokpa:
"Located in the economical town of Benin named Cotonou, Dantokpa is the biggest market in Benin if not in West Africa".

Example #3: RICOS CAMPOS- Sens interdit

HERVAKOMDJ, Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011
Google translate of "Sens Interdit" from French to English = "No entry"
Here are two comments from this video's discussion thread:
gbemevivi, 2011
"eh oui cest vrai tout est sens interdit maintenant......pas de langues crochees.....bananes encore il fo ke les femmes surveillent pour ke sa neclate pas sinon .....salut linsomnie la peur.... vraiment tu as tout dit mon frere..big up"
Google translate from French to English
"yes it's true meaning everything is forbidden now ...... no ..... bananas languages crochees gloved ....... and yet he fo ke ke women to monitor its neclate not otherwise. Insomnia .... hi .... really fear you all said my frere..big up"

lordmiky1234, 2012
"Campos est THE BEST !"


HERVAKOMDJ, Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011


HERVAKOMDJ Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011
Google translate of "Bebe" from French to English = "baby"

Example #6: Ricos Campos - Ahouita

Clipsdubenin, Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Ricos Campos dans un style orienté vers le traditionnel. A ECOUTER ABSOLUMENT. Encouragé par
Google translate from French to English:
Ricos Campos in a traditional oriented style. A MUST LISTEN.
Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
Clémence Delavie, 2013
"Cette chanson me met en transe et à chaque fois que je l'écoute je danse."

Google translate:
This song puts me in a trance and every time I listen I dance.

Example #7: Ricos Campos Faivi

mll19720408, Published on Mar 30, 2015

Nouvelle vidéo de ricos campos: FAIVI

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