One of the most important, and prolific, ensembles of the Afrobeat era, the Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo can boast of a catalogue whose stylistic breadth and artistic quality is equaled only by the granddaddy of Afrobeat himself, Fela Kuti. Though Analog Africa is not the first label to put out a compilation of Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo material, they are arguably the most thorough. THE VODOUN EFFECT: FUNK & SAT FROM BENIN’s OBSCURE LABELS is almost laser-like in its intense focus on a particular segment of the Orchestre’s career, namely, the ensemble's early experiments with two vodoun-derived rhythms: sato and sakpata. Though lay listeners may have difficulty distinguishing these two equally frenetic styles from one another, the material collected here is undeniably mesmerizing. First time Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo listeners should sample the hypnotic “Mi Ni Non Kpo” to get a feel for the infectious rhythmic power and joyful exuberance of these seminal recordings.
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AllMusic Review by James Steiner