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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

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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The new Album "Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble" released on all streaming platforms.

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble's self titled 5th album is out and available on all streaming platforms. A vinyl will be available for ordering in near future, and the single cut "Min He Mon Égbé - The One Who Sees Today" will get a stunning music video by the end of May 2021. The video is directed by Komy Thomas.
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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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