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KOJO - Mâäk & Albert Anagoko Ensemble

Right where the underground becomes the upper world, Kojo swarms eagerly and hits you with a sound that gets under your skin. A fascinating interaction between jazz & vodun trance from Benin. 

For some years now, the musicians of Mâäk 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 KOJO, 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.
Kojo toured in 2010 and 2012, and will be performing again in 2018, to celebrate 20 years of Mâäk collective!

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

 Line up:

Laurent Blondiau - trumpet
Grégoire Tirtiaux - altsax
Jeroen Van Herzeele - sax
Michel Massot - tuba/trombone
Niels Van Heertum - tuba
Bart Maris - trompet
Yiphun Chiem - dance
Simplice Anato - percussion
Agla Chayemi Anagoko - percussion
Mahinou Kissinon Anagoko - percussion/dancer
Houedanou Anagoko - percussion/dancer
Vignon Maxime Anagoko  - percussion
Jovence Joseph James - percussion
Bidossessi Stanislas Anagoko - percussion
Sam Mary – light

Info: Laurent Blondiau /