T.P. POLY-RYTHMO: Hommages aux martyrs du 16 Janvier 1977

First of all, thank you to Ogoun Ferraille for sharing this recording which is a tribute to the soldiers killed in the 1977's attempted coup. For those who do not know this incredible story, here is a summary:

In January 1977, an attempted coup, called Operation Shrimp,  led by the mercenary Bob Denard and supported by France, Gabon and Marocco failed and it helped to harden the regime, which was officially moving toward the way of a government political party The constitution was adopted on August 26 of that year, Article 4 stating:
"People's Republic of Benin, the road to development is socialism. Its philosophical basis is Marxism-Leninism to be applied in a lively and creative manner to the realities of Benin. All activities of national social life in the People's Republic of Benin are organized in this way under the leadership of the revolution of Benin, detachment vanguard of exploited and oppressed masses, leading core of the Beninese people as a whole and its revolution".


Tout d'abord merci à Ogoun Ferraille de nous faire partager ce nouvel opus du Poly-Rythmo. Ce disque rend hommage aux soldats tués lors du coup d'état raté de 1977. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas cette histoire assez incroyable, voici un résumé:

En janvier 1977, une tentative de coup d'État, dite Opération crevette, menée par le mercenaire Bob Denard et appuyée par la France , le Gabon et le Maroc, échoue et contribue à durcir le régime, qui s'oriente désormais officiellement vers la voie du gouvernement à parti unique; La constitution est adoptée le 26 Aout de la même année, son article 4 précisant:
" En République populaire du Bénin, la voie de développement est le socialisme. Son fondement philosophique est le marxisme-léninisme qui doit être appliqué de manière vivante et créative aux réalités béninoises. Toutes les activités de la vie sociale nationale en République populaire du Bénin s'organisent dans cette voie sous la direction du Parti de la révolution populaire du Bénin, détachement d'avant-garde des masses exploitées et opprimées, noyau dirigeant du peuple béninois tout entier et de sa révolution. Une loi fondamentale institue une assemblée nationale toute-puissante".


Anonymous said...

Thanks very much! Plenty of room always for more Poly-Rythmo.

Jaime said...

Fantastique Poly-Rythmo. Merci.

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LolaRadio said...

i remember that when i visited Benin in 1979/80 it still was forbidden to enter the country in military pants and with backpacks. (That's supposedly how the coup-plotters came in). And i remember all the socialist slogans along the road. Is Kerekou still alive?
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