Deer Shed 26th - 29th July 2024
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

26th - 29th July 2024

Nana Benz Du Togo

Nana Benz Du Togo

We should all look at the map of Africa more often than we do. There are some enormous countries, and some relatively tiny ones. Togo is one of these small ones, and where Nana Benz Du Togo are from.

Google says in the capital, Lomé, are the multi-story Grand Marché bazaar and the Fetish Market, offering traditional talismans and remedies relating to the vodun (voodoo) religion.

The history of the Nana Benz Du Togo band name is certainly an interesting read but the band themselves are absolutely unique.

There is a real juxtaposition of old and new in this band's performances, traditional vs modern, manufactured vs homemade.

This is really well summed up in the various videos online, especially the KEXP sessions. We are loving the shoe insole toilet outlet drain downpipe organ (SITODDO for short.) To my ears it sounds just like the famous 'Lately Bass' preset in a Yamaha FM synthesizer. Who knew.

The band are a powerful force, no doubt about that. Politics of every variety are important to the band as well as the desire to get their audiences moving - we can't wait.

Certainly not a show to be missed. Infectious.

O.J.