HELSINKI-COTONOU ENSEMBLE

HELSINKI-COTONOU ENSEMBLE

Funky Afro Beats
Jul 10 2016 - 8:00pm
Victoria Park
57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
Free!

The Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble combines the traditional voodoo rhythms of Benin, West Africa with soulful songwriting, jazzy improvisations and funky Afro-beats. HCE formed when three musicians from Helsinki, Finland hooked up with virtuoso singer and percussionist Noel Saizonou on a trip to Benin. Four years later the Ensemble has released two critically acclaimed albums and completed several international tours. In 2015 they collaborated with the 18-piece UMO Jazz Orchestra, and toured and performed in Benin and at the famous Sziget Festival in Budapest.

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