Musician Eric Acakpo and dance-artist Francesca Pedullà have worked together since 2004, teaching, creating contexts for cultural and artistic exchange and performing in Benin and abroad. Confronted both personally and professionally by the benefits and the challenges of being in a dialogue besides cultural differences and unconscious bias, they committed to focusing their work on exploring how such dialogue can be mutually enriching and transformative.

Sonagnon was founded in 2006 to pursue their work and research among collectivities. It provides an exchange and learning platform for artists.

We work inclusively with local communities and test the impact that the encounter between different forms of art and different cultures have on each of us.


tambours du bénin




Tambours du Bénin is an annual training course on the rediscovery, analysis, and re-enactment of traditional rhythms and songs for young Beninese percussionists




Tambours du Benin is a traditional music and dance group that offers a journey into the world of traditional Beninese rhythms and songs. The sophisticated polyrhythm of the accompanying instruments and voices is amplified by the power of the solo instruments that express themselves in unison.


Tambours du Benin

Tambours du Benin  preserves, recovers and highlighst the richness of traditional rhythms and songs of the different ethnic groups in Benin to pass them on to future generations.

The commitment is  to create in Ouidah  a Conservatory of traditional Beninese music and rhythms and to build a new generation of musicians, offering them the opportunity to study with international experts and musicians and merge the inherent wisdom of tradition with other traditions and with the study of contemporary analysis and music composition.

Artistic Direction: Eric Acakpo

With the support of CACO – Collective des acteurs culturel de Ouidah