Dig its percussive potency, and deep Funk groove, inspired by James Brown’s old-school Funk, as well as 70s African Funk bands like L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou. Watch a couple of cool videos for two of their best songs, and listen to a breathtaking live performance at the bottom.
See Vaudou Game giving it up for the gods in this music video for “Pas Contente” from their first album, Apiafo — a passionate, powerhouse of Afro-Funk, and a fantastic France/Togo hybrid…
La Vie C’est Bon With Vaudou Game’s Rousing Record, Kidayu
Listen to & follow this Spotify playlist with one funky bonus track from the b-side single…
This impressive French Funk band, led by Peter Solo from Togo, is clearly influenced by James Brown on this record. Heavy rhythms, funky guitar playing, electrifying organ, and horny horns propel their Afro-Funk groove. I can hardly understand a thing they say, but the lyrics don’t matter because you feel the voodoo spirits when Peter Solo gets into it with his stirring stage presence, and shows what a phenomenal front man & brilliant band leader he is.
Click here to keep checking for when this record is available on vinyl because it’s a valuable addition to any Funk lover’s record collection. In the meantime, listen to Kidayu on Spotify. Then, read this interview with lead singer, Peter Solo, from AfroPop Worldwide to learn how they make their impressive Voodoo Funk.
This might be the coolest song I’ve heard all year! And, I can’t understand anything except, “La Vie C’est Bon.” Listen to it here…
Voodoo Vibes Bursting With Tropical Funk Flavor
Solo formed Vaudou Game in Lyon, France, with the vision of codifying the musical scales that are found in sacred songs of Beninese and Togolese vodun music. The terms “vadou” and “voodoo,” which come from the word “vodun,” refer to spirit and name a blended culture of voodoo practices from different West African ethnicities. Translating tradition into modern instrumentation, Solo says he composes music based on the two main musical scales of voodoo tradition. And, in the process they create some of the most stimulating tropical music you can imagaine!
Back in the 70s, culminating in the 1974 “Rumble In The Jungle” — the big fight between George Foreman & Muhammad Ali with its complimentary music festival in Kinshasa that brought together African bands with the best black American musicians — African artists were heavily influenced & inspired by American R&B, Funk, and Soul music. Kidayu sounds to me like the continuation of this funky cultural exchange.
Peter Solo channels James Brown in his singing, while always coming across totally original, inspired, and astonishing. He does a great job channeling his inner Fela Kuti as well, so Afrobeat fans are sure to love Vaudou Game too. He’s also an excellent guitar player — part Franco, part Catfish Collins.
I can’t say enough about the guys in the band — these cats are tight! I hope Solo doesn’t fine them when they make mistakes, but I bet he doesn’t need to. It seems they are also imbued with the voodoo spirits, since Solo has taught them the vodun musical scales so they can play like a band possessed.
Stand out songs on Kidayu include: “La Dette” for its mind-blowing Funk groove, and “Don’t Go” because it’s completely different than the rest of the album and sounds like Ethiopian Jazz Funk. “Elle Décide” is like a classic James Brown tune circa 1972, complete with grunts & shouts. “Chérie Nye” is perfect party Funk with a tight back beat and irresistible chorus.
All the songs on this remarkable record are sensational. Do yourself a favor and get into Vaudou Game. I can’t speak any French, and yet I find the catchy refrains getting stuck in my head. Above all, this is exhilarating music that just makes you feel good when you hear it.
Watch an entire amazing performance from Vaudou Game live in Paris…