Beninese hip hop

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Hip hop music is a genre developed in the 1970s by African Americans in New York City. It began to spread across the world in the 80s, and became a major part of Beninese music after a 1992 concert by Senegalese-French rapper MC Solaar. At that concert, the crew H2O performed a Fon language-cover of Solaar's "Bouge de là". H2O are known for using folk styles like the Mahi tchinkounme and Yoruba music gbon.

DJs, rappers and crews[edit]

  • Sakpata Boys: for a long-time the most popular crew in Cotonou, known for using chants and other elements from Beninese Vodou
  • Ardiess Posse: The next most popular crew to have emerged in the late 1990s. One of their most popular single is "Agbando" released in 2003 which was a feature song on their second album Evolution.
  • Diamant Noir: Arguably the best beninese rap group, it consists of Amir and Anouar. Their debut album, "Faux freres, Vrais Jumeaux" (Fake Brothers, True Twins) was launched in 2005. It was a major success on the hip hop scene and influenced a lot of other rappers and crews.
  • Kaysee Montejano: A talented beninese lyricist, he is known for his metaphorical abilities and his religious references in his rhymes. He launched his debut album "Genesis" in 2005. It featured major hits like "Say it all out" and "Ma vie".
  • Polo Orisha: known professionally as Polo Orisha,is a producer and director ... Polo Orisha began his career in Recording Studio's and Radio Station..
  • Dibi Dobo: is a rapper, hip hop singer, song writer and producer who began his career in a group called Def Lyrics.
  • E-Ray: founded Cinikiem Element, which developed into Benin's first independent hip-hop label: TAKA CREW Records. In 2007, E-Ray released his first album, Experience, which was entirely recorded in Spain.[1]
  • Oriki & Hermes:

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