Beninese Music

The Republic of Benin is located in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. Musical genres include Agbadja

Agbadja is a rhythm hugely popular in Togo, Benin and Ghana, and is used mainly during burial ceremonies. It is based on three percussion instruments, each one of them with a different tone.

Agbadja was born in and dominates a region called Le Mono in the center of Benin and also the birthplace of musician Gnonnas Pedro. Gnonnas adopted and modernized the rhythm in the mid-60s calling it “Agbadja Moderne”. It became his trademark and he was soon dubbed “Le Roi du Rhythme Agbadja

Beninese musicians:

Angelique Kidjo
Antoine Dougbe
Gangbe Brass Band
Gnonnas Pedro
Honore Avolonto
Julien Jacob
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo