Orchestra Picoby Band has been already introduced on Oro here, but it deserves a more complete post. The band is from Abomey and was found in 1953. It is one of the oldest band from Benin with Renova Band, also from Abomey or Super Star de Ouidah. Those three bands only recorded EP's. Picoby Band recorded at least seven 7-inches singles. Here are four of them. Most of the tracks were afro-beat tunes recorded on Lawani Affisoulayi's label Aux Ecoutes and composed by they great Honore Avolonto. It was around 1970.
On the first record, "Dieu Merci" ("Thank's God") is a very nice soukous tune and "Honton Ve Zoun" a powerful jerk, both composed by Honore Avolonto.
Side 1: "Hounton Ye Zoun" (Honore Avolonto)
Side 2: "Dieu Merci" (Honore Avolonto)
Second record is also composed by Honore Avolonto. "Mi Hon Noun Gbeto" is an excellent pachanga with very good congas sound recording. "Ye Houe Deou" is another jerk tune.
Side 1: "Mi Hon Noun Gbeto" (Honore Avolonto)
Side 2: "Ye Houe Deou" (Honore Avolonto)
On the third record Honore Avolonto composed "Vikou..." which is called soukous but it does not sound like. "Jo Ahi Nou Se" is a great Afro-Beat tune composed by Sanoussi Mouminou but sang by Avolonto.
Side 1: "Vikou..." (Honore Avolonto)
Side 2: "Jo Ahi Nou Se" (Sanoussi Mouminou)
Finally, the fourth record has been recorded on Albarika Store's label and composed by Sanoussi Mouminou. The single "Mi Ma Kpe Dji" is a great afro-beat tune sang by Avolonto. "Lidia" is a nice and cool Highlife tune sang by an anonymous singer. I think that this record was released after 1970.
Side 1: "Mo Ma Kpe Dji" (Sanoussi Mouminou)
Side 2: "Lidia" (Sanoussi Mouminou)