Afrobeats at the Old Fruitmarket


WORLD music seems to be having a moment in Glasgow – and this week it’s the turn of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.

It’s the first ever Glasgow gig for the West African group, but they’re no strangers to the limelight and have fans in high places, including the city’s own Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand fame, who joined them on their first European tour and describes their sound as “funky, soulful and so voodoo”.

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo formed in late 1960s Benin, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the UK first took notice of their fushion of traditional styles, Afrobeat, soul and funk

Now, the group is a 10-piece with five original members, two who joined in the mid 70s and three new musicians.

Performing at the atmospheric Old Fruitmarket, this band may make us weather-weary Glaswegians forget about our unusually cold summer – and for one night only, take us on a trip to more tropical climates.

Performance on Tuesday at 8pm. Tickets cost £18 and are available from 353 8000 or