T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

Also known as Betti Betti & T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou Benin, L' ensamble Poly-Rythmo, L'International Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, L'International Poly-Rythmo, L'orchestra Poly-Rythmo, L'Orchestre Poly - Rythmo De Cotonou - Dahomey, L'Orchestre Poly Rythmo, L'Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, L'Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, L'Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Dahomey, Le Orchestre Poly Rythmo, Le Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Le T.P. Poly Rythmo, Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Orchestra Poly-Rythmo, Orchestre Poly Rythmo, Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou, Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Benin, Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, Orchestre Poly Rythmo de l'Atlantique Cotonou Dahomey, Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Contonou, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop Du Benin, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Benin, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Dahomey, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Rep. Pop du Benin, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de L'Atlantique Cotonou, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de L'atlantique Cotonou Dahomey, Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Benin, Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Republique Populaire Du Benin, Orchestre-Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, Poly Rithmo, Poly Rythmo, Poly Rythmo De Cotonou, Poly-Rythmo, Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, T. P. Poly-Rythmo, T.P Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Benin Et Loko Pierre, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop Du Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop. Du Benin, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Benin, T.P. Poly Rythmo, T.P. Poly-Rythmo, T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou (Benin), T.P. Poly-Rythmo Of The Peoples Republic Of Benin, Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou, Tout Puissant Poly Rythmo De Cotonou, TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
Members of T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Clément Mêlomê, Honoré Avolonto

Discography of T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Kings Of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80 13 Audio 2004 Soundway
2 The Kings Of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80 13 Audio 2004 Soundway
3 Nanan Bnz / Malin Kpon O 2 Audio Albarika Store
4 Nougbo Vehou / Ma Savo Home 2 Audio L.A. Aux Ecoutes
5 T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou Benin Avec Zoundegnon Bernard 'Papillon' Guitariste 2 Audio 1977 Albarika Store
6 Réveil Disco Dubain 4 Audio Disc-Orient
7 Special Festac 77 In Nigeria - Vol. 2 2 Audio 1977 Albarika Store
8 "The Vodoun Effect" 1972-1975 15 Audio 2008-11-03 Analog Africa
9 Zero + Zero = Zero 4 Audio Star Musique
10 L'International 6 Audio
11 Tinkpon Bo Wa / Ma Yolo Mio 2 Audio Disques Tropiques
12 Dougbo Dogba 2 Audio Albarika Store
13 Medjito Na E 2 Audio Albarika Store
14 Vol. 5 - Lohento Eskill Chanteur Principal 3 Audio 1978 Albarika Store
15 Mi Kpon Bo Do 2 Audio Albarika Store
16 Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni 2 Audio L.A. Aux Ecoutes
17 La Collection D'or Du Tout Puissant Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Vol1/vol10 42 Audio 2009 Top Showbiz
18 Gendarme Si We / Ahou Gan Mi An 2 Audio L.A. Aux Ecoutes
19 Vol. 1 12 Audio 1983 Albarika Store
20 Vi We Gnin Le / General Gowon 2 Audio Albarika Store
21 Wloui Bonu Houide 2 Audio L.A. Aux Ecoutes
22 Melome Clement &Tout Puissant Poly Rythmo De Cotonou 5 Audio
23 Ahehehinnou Vincent & Orchestre-Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey 4 Audio 1973 Albarika Store
24 Assa-Cica Et L'Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou 6 Audio
25 Le Disque D´Or 4 Audio Libert (2)
26 T. P. Poly-Rythmo & Sa Vedette L'International Dougbe Antoine 4 Audio Production D. M.
27 Salowa 2 Audio Badmos
28 Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou N°4 2 Audio Badmos
29 Bon Week-End 2 Audio Disques Tropiques
30 Allagbè Gbèto 2 Audio Aux Grains D'Argent
31 Vol. 7 - T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou Benin Avec Zoundegnon Bernard 'Papillon' Guitariste Principal 3 Audio 1979 Albarika Store
32 T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou Benin Et Loko Pierre Saxophoniste 5 Audio 1978 Albarika Store
33 Zizi / Medida 2 Audio Albarika Store
34 Cotonou Club 11 Audio 2011-03-25 Strut
35 Cotonou Club 11 Audio 2011-03-25 Strut
36 Cotonou Club 11 Audio 2011-03-25 Strut
37 The 1st Album (1973) 4 Audio 2011-06-00 Analog Africa
38 The 1st Album (1973) 4 Audio 2011-06-00 Analog Africa
39 Nouvelle Formule... 8 Audio 2007 I.A.C.P
40 Cote D'Ivoire Cherie 2 Audio Albarika Store
41 Pierre Tchana & T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo 4 Audio 1980
42 Oh! Bea 2 Audio Albarika Store
43 Cotonou Club 11 Audio 2011
44 Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou R.P.B. 4 Audio 1976 Albarika Store
45 Kou Te Hou We/Si Demain Je Dois Mourir (7") 4 Audio Disques Sachey
46 Same 4 Audio Satel
47 Gbeti Ma Djro / Angelina II 2 Audio Albarika Store
48 Volume 1 2 Audio Disques Tropiques
49 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 14 Audio 2013 Analog Africa
50 Vol. 10 4 Audio 1983 Albarika Store


The T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou hails from the West African nation of Benin. The "T.P." stands for the French "Tout Puissant", which means "All Mighty". The band was formed in 1966 and still records to this day, although band members have changed along the way. Their output has been extremely prolific numbering upwards of 50 LPs and a hundred 45s.

As their name implies, the music relies on a blend of rhythmic persussive elements. It draws from the French heritage of Benin along with the influence of their anglophone neighbors like Nigeria and Ghana. These influences and rhythmic elements form the backdrop for varied styles they play, a mix ranging from afrobeat, highlife, jazz, soul, rhumba and latin music. Tracks are sung in either French or their native Fon tongue.


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