Marching Band > BENIN
The Eyo’nle Marching Band : More than 2000 concerts around the world since 2005
Eyo’nlé, means « Be marry », expression of the Yoruba language: the language of Benin and Nigeria, Togo, Brazil, Cuba …
These eight musicians have ingeniously combined the heritage of Beninese festive music, percussion and the jazzy music of street bands, present in the brass arrangements. The songs, they stick to the news: democracy, AIDS, youth unemployment. These songs also celebrate traditional entertainment, voodoo ceremonies, ritual funerals and initiation rites. It sings, it moves, it dances, in short, it lives!
« We wanted to move away from the style of military fanfares and popular festivals, we studied our music, from voodoo, goun, yoruba and torri traditions and we created our own style, our own songs and our arrangements »
Mathieu Ahouandjinou – BBE