Traditional West African rhythms form the base of rising Togolese artist DOGO’s remarkable music. A huge following in his home country of Togo has cemented him as an icon overseas, as his popularity in the states grows day by day.
With 2 guitars, bass, drum kit and kpanlogo drums, the music is mainly based on Bobobo, Kamou, Simpa rhythms.
Born in Lome, Togo, DOGO played in different bands in the Togolese capital before moving to the United States in 2000 and founding the DC based Afropop/Afrofunk band Elikeh. Known for their high energy live performances and original material, Elikeh has released 3 albums and an EP that received rave reviews by The Washington Post and National Public Radio.
Spending more time in his native country nowadays, DOGO recorded his first single "Von Na Agbeto" as part of his first full length album to be released in 2019. The song is based on Simpa rhythm played in the northern part of Togo by the Tem people. When released, "Von Na Agbeto" was one of the top 3 songs on many radios charts in Togo. Radio hosts and journalists are now calling DOGO "L'enfant du pays" (The native son) given the importance he places in Togolese culture and traditional rhythms through his music.
Three other singles were later released with again rave reviews in the media Togo, and in the US with Afropop Worldwide, Washington City Paper, African Music Magazine.