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Finnish guitarist Janne Halonen was obsessed: He couldn’t stop listening to Lionel Loueke, the guitarist in Herbie Hancock’s ensemble. He knew Loueke was from Benin, and had to know what made his music tick. 

Before he knew it, his fascination took him to Benin. The country is home to Villa Karo, a Finnish-African cultural center established twenty years ago to promote exchange between the two countries. 
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A new single released

The first single of Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble's slef titled fifth album was released on 7th of May 2021. The song is called "Min He Mon Ègbè - The One Who Sees Today", and it's available on all streaming services.
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New album "Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble" out in May 2021.

No Problem! Music and flowfish.records will collaborate on the release of our 5th album "Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble" in May 2021. The album will be distributed by Broken Silence. Watch teaser trailer:
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Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble mini documentary available for streaming in Yle Areena

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Aug 26
2021
G Livelab Tampere (FI)
G Livelab Tampere (FI)
Aug 28
2021
Malmitalo Concert Hall, Helsinki (FI)
Malmitalo Concert Hall, Helsinki (FI)
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Videos

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Live @ Tavastia, Helsinki - Ethnogala 2020
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble - The Road Is Long
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble feat. Riitta Keränen, Manna Borg, Koiton Laulu - "Oppimisen ylistys"

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