Artist Profiles: Kodjo Senyo

Kodjo Senyo

Kodjo Senyo is a singer born in Lome, Togo currently living in Spain. A self-taught musician, Kodjo Senyo grew up in a family and an environment immersed in the traditional singing of the Ewe. For this ethnic group in southern Togo, songs are everyday and omnipresent; everything is music.

At a young age, Kodjo Senyo formed his first band, which played around Togo and neighboring countries. With this experience, he discovered that blues and jazz, far from being foreign musical styles, were another way of interpreting and approaching Senyo’s own music.

Now living in Spain, Senyo released in 2007 his CD Agoo. His vital and emotionally charged voice stands out especially in the urban songs where he sings of friendship, love and hope, the basis of his ancestral beliefs. Accompanied by his guitar and supported by a solid band, Senyo explores a fusion of jazz, blues and Afropop sung in his mother tongue.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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