Gnonnas Pedro

Born 1943. Died 12 August 2004
Gnonnas Pedro
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Gnonnas Pedro

Gnonnas Pedro Biography (Wikipedia)

Gnonnan Sossou Pierre Kouassivi, known by the stage name Gnonnas Pedro was a singer and musician from Lokossa, Benin. He is perhaps best known as the lead singer of Africando between 1995 and his death in 2004, but had been well known in his home country of Benin and beyond since the 1960s.[citation needed]

Pedro led his own bands Pedro y Sus Panchos, later reforming as Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band, before joining the long-lived Orchestre Poly-rythmo de Cotonou.[citation needed]

As a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and dancer, Pedro embraced many styles of music including highlife and juju. Pedro is credited with updating the traditional Agbadja style of his home region, creating Modern Agbadja. He sang in many different languages, including Minad, Adja, Yoruba, French, English, and Spanish. Pedro produced the song "Feso Jaiye", which became a hit and was performed by many bands at the 2nd All-Africa Games in 1973.

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