Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble takes the sounds of Benin, the homeland of Voodoo, and combines them with soulful songwriting, jazzy improvisations and funky beats.

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble has been touring in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Benin, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Canada.

The music is written by the band's lead vocalist/percussionist Noël Saïzonou and guitarist Janne Halonen. The name of the band refers to their hometowns, which are over 6000 km apart.

Noel Saizonou - vocals, percussion
Janne Halonen - guitar, vocals
Sampo Riskilä - bass
Juha Räsänen - drums
Menard Mponda -percussion, vocals
Visa Oscar - keyboards
Joakim Berghäll - saxophones, vocals
Mikko Pettinen - trumpet, vocals

Album coming soon!

Currently the band is preparing to take it's unique yet intriguing musical cocktail to the next level, as the guys are finalizing their 4th album. Bafe's Factory is proud to announce the upcoming release of HCE's brand new studio recording, scheduled to come out spring 2018!

“The Finnish-Benines collaboration combines vivid Modern Jazz, Funky Beats and edgy Afrobeat in an innovating manner. Behind everything one can hear the magnificent Benines rhythms of Voodoo. If this doesn’t move the listener, then what does!“

- Mari Koppinen, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland