Music

Gangbé Brass Band

Formed 1994.

Biography

The Gangbé Brass Band is a 10-member Beninese musical ensemble founded in 1994. The word "gangbe" means "sound of metal" in the Fon language. They blend West African jùjú and traditional Vodou music with Western jazz and big-band sounds. Their unusual instrumentation---trumpet, trombone, and tuba, along with West African percussion and vocals---is, to some extent, part of West Africa's colonial legacy; French colonial officers imported brass instruments and trained local musicians to play European-style military and dance hall music. Gangbe has released four albums: Gangbe (1998), Togbe (2001), Whendo (2004) and Assiko (2008), and tours extensively in Europe and North America.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Whendo

    Whendo 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    The loping interplay of euphonium, trumpet, sax and trombone on 'Segala', and the...
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