Gnonnas Pedro – El Cochechivo. Label: Éditions Gnoinsopé – EGK 002. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Lead Vocals, Engineer, Producer, Design Concept – Gnonnas Pedro. Liner Notes – G. Huguette. Organ, Piano – Tonymelon. Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone – Pablo. Trumpet – Kola (7), Kpakpa Kpakpa. Matrix, Runout: EGK 002 A.
Gnonnan Sossou Pierre Kouassivi, known by the stage name Gnonnas Pedro was a singer and musician from Lokossa, Benin. He is perhaps best known as the lead singer of Africando between 1995 and his death in 2004, but had been well known in his home country of Benin and beyond since the 1960s. Pedro led his own bands Pedro y Sus Panchos, later reforming as Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band, before joining the long-lived Orchestre Poly-rythmo de Cotonou.
Gnonnas Youssou Pierre (Gnonnas Pedro), singer, trumpeter and saxophonist: born Lokossa, Benin 10 January 1943; (three sons, four daughters); died Cotonou, Benin 12 August 2004. The late-blooming singer and musician Gnonnas Pedro achieved world-wide fame when he joined the African salsa supergroup Africando in 1996. But he had been well known in his hometown of Cotonou, Benin, since becoming active on the music scene there in the early 1960s.
Gnonnas Pedro has been a staple in the music of Benin since the 1960s. He is a jack of all trades blending Cuban music, soukous, highlife, and ballads that appeal to a wide audience. He is one of the renowned African vocalists. Gnonnas Pedro, a master, instinctively knows the path to a dancer's inspiration and makes ample use of it. His compositions do not overpower, but rather subtly instill a rhythmic force that lifts and floats the dancer above the plane of everyday existence. La Musica en Verite," covered by Africando on Gombo Salsa, tells it all, with organ and percussion that carries one through all barriers to musical bliss. In music there is truth. In this album there is a good amount of that compelling truth packaged in a manner that will appeal to African and Cuban music aficionados alike
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Gnonnas Pedro (Disco Stock, 1979). El Cochechivo (Ledoux, 1981). Agbadja (Syllart, 1999). Irma koi (Syllart, 1999). The best of Gnonnas Pedro (2003). Gombo Salsa (Stern's Africa STCD1071, 1996). Gnonnas Pedro's last recording is the title track of Ketukuba (2006) – he died before the CD was released. The same fate befell Alfredo Rodriguez who arranged 3 tracks on the album. In 1998, the group covered Aïcha, primarily recorded by Khaled.
Gnonnas Pedro's "Yiri Yiri Boum" was released on his "El Cochechivo" album in France in 1981 on Ledoux Records. For many years, I have loved the rhythms of West Africa and I am always exploring new sounds from this part of the world. I recently stumbled across the music of Gnonnas Pedro from Benin and have been on a mission to scoop up as many of his releases as possible. I highly recommend checking out his solo work as well as music by Africando, Orchestre Poly-rythmo de Cotonou, and Pedro y Sus Panchos. Mastering: Warp9 (warp9music.
|A1||Yiri Yiri Boum||5:16|
|A3||Etrococo Mansa Wenin||5:02|
|B2||Agbadja Moderne Synthese N°1||10:30|
|ASL 7031||Gnonnas Pedro||El Cochechivo (LP, Album)||Ledoux Records||ASL 7031||France||1981|