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KOJO - Mâäk & Albert Anagoko Ensemble

For some years now, de musicians of Mâäk want to combine wind instruments, percussionists and singers in projects that mix tradition with improvisation. In their previous projects ALMAJMAÂ, with the Gnawa of Marocco, and DJEKOULOU, with the Bambara hunters of Mali, they were curious about the traditional music; transcendental music with a strong therapeutic aspect. For this new project, their focus is the Vodun, the sacred music of Benin, Africa.

The starting point of this Vodun-project is the respect for the artistic identity and the musical integrity of each group, awakening a curiosity between two rich yet different cultures.
The compositions, where the orchestrations go from duo to tutti, are very spontaneous and improvised but also orchestrated: the ensemble has precise, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic functions.

During a first trip to Abomey (Benin) in December 2009, two musicians of Mâäk’s Spirit met various Benin artists. In April 2010 the artistic core of the project met in Benin for the further creation of the project: in ten days there were several rehearsals and two concerts: one in Abomey (16/04), the village of the main percussionist Albert Anangoko, and one in Cotonou (17/04), in a space called Tchiff.

In November 2010 KOJO was premiered in WCC Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp. All together we made a tour with 8 concerts. In May 2012 we will be touring again with KOJO! You can find our dates here.

Alexandra Afonso made some nice pictures of the KOJO-project. You can find them on her blogspot:


Info: Laurent Blondiau /