Raw Afrofunk and deep spiritual grooves celebrating the positive soul of Togolese Voodoo culture
Singer and guitarist Peter Solo was born in AnéhoGlidji, Togo, the homeland of the Guin tribe and a major centre of Voodoo culture. He was raised with that tradition’s values of respect for all forms of life and the environment, a spiritual heritage he now celebrates with his band, Vaudou Game. Chanting and percussion are at the heart of Voodoo practice, the voices using different harmonyladen scales for select purposes. Solo uses these scales as the basis for his innovative compositions, adapting the sung harmonies and densely interwoven rhythms for contemporary instruments, conjuring up slabs of raw funk drawing on classic 70s AfroSoul and thick, trancelike grooves evoking a more spiritual ambience. Solo formed the band in 2012 in Lyon, France, introducing them to Voodoo values and teaching them to sing in the Mina language.