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Historie

L’histoire du Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble est plutôt singulière. Jeune guitariste au début de sa carrière, le finlandais Janne Halonen tombe sur un disque de Lionel Loueke en 2005 et se passionne pour le jeu du guitariste béninois.

Cette passion tourne rapidement à l’obsession, conduisant finalement Janne à entreprendre un voyage au Bénin en 2009, avec la bénédiction de Loueke qu’il va écouter en Suède au sein du groupe de Herbie Hancock.
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Latest

First time in France

On 3rd of November 2023 Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble plays in Paris, France for the first time.
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Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble plays 2 concerts together with World Music Choir Ruamjai

The shows will take place in Central Finland on 15th and 16th of October 2022.
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The first - ever Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Music Video is out!

We released recently our first-ever official Music video for the new album's single cut "Min he Mon Egbe - The One Who Sees Today". The video was written, shot and directed by Cotonou- based visual artist / art curator Komy Thomas ( @komyagb ).
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Concerts

9/6/24
2024
Pumpvikens Söndagschill
Karjaa, FInland
31/8/24
2024
Viapori Jazz, w. Eero Koivistoinen
Suomenlinna, Finland
7/6/24
2024
Kymijoen Lohisoitto
Kotka, Finland
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Videos

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble - "MIN HE MON ÉGBÉ - The One Who Sees Today" - (Official Video)
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