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Fire, Sweat & Pastis got the Album of the Year –award

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble’s 2nd album ”Fire, Sweat & Pastis” was released in Finland on November 7th 2014. International releases will follow in April 2015. The reviews of the new record have been highly acclaiming in Finland, and on 9th of January the album was acknowledged the Album of The Year by the Finnish Folk Music Federation. The selection was done 50% by open vote and 50% by a panel of professionals. We feel very honored for getting this recognition, since we were up against some really bad ass- and highly established acts such as Frigg, Sväng, Maria Kalaniemi, Sakari Kukko and Sibis Folk Big Band. Thanks for everyone who voted for us! 



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-"Beaucoup De Piment!" is a miraculously prime product both technically and musically. The Finnish-Beninese collaboration combines vivid Modern Jazz, Funky Beats and Edgy Afrobeat in an innovative manner. If this doesn't touch the listener, then what does?!" 

-Helsingin Sanomat 29.5.2013

 "Weather Report meets Fela, you might say. They are good enough."
November 2013



Beaucoup De Piment! - Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble 


 In January 2012 three guys from Finland travelled to Benin, West Africa.They put together a band and made a record. In summer 2013 the record was released and Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble made a tour of 19 shows in Finland.

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