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Jomion and The Uklos
Our music delivers the messages of hope, faith & traditional wisdom.

At the crossroads of Benin’s traditional vodun (voodoo) rhythms, Caribbean styles and jazz, Jomion & The Uklos make festive, colorful music. These three blood-brothers from the coastal West African city of Cotonou amaze audiences at home and abroad with their furious rhythms and mystical harmonies. They joyfully flirt with reggae, salsa and jazz, while drawing on their vast knowledge of traditional vodun (voodoo) music and culture to create vibrant, relaxed dance music. Their voices blend in melodious harmony, delivering messages of hope, faith and traditional wisdom. Their music is simultaneously complex, profound and simple. Their songs connect to the depths of human experience, while lightening the heart with joy.

Jomion & The Uklos is a family band from Benin, West Africa, led by Samuel "Jomion" Gnonlonfoun, founder of the internationally renowned Gangbé Brass Band. With his brothers JB, Mathieu and his daughter Rose, Jomion combines traditional rhythms and songs from Vodoun (Voodoo) culture with reggae, salsa and jazz to create vibrant, relaxed dance music, he named Whedo-vodoo-jazz(W.V.J). Jomion & The Uklos are currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. They performed recently on Lincoln out doors festival, in prestigious venues like BBKing and tour regionally and they also recorded and performed with Bobby McFerrin.

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Samuel “Jomion” Gnonlonfoun

A multi-instrumentalist with a long history in traditional/jazz fusion music in Benin. He plays trumpet, drum-set, keyboards and percussion and composes and arrangers for The Uklos. Born in Cotonou, he started his career as an instrumentalist at age 17. He worked and collaborated with many Beninese groups, including Black Santiago, Sagbohan Danialou, Lionel Loueke and Angelique Kidjo. In 1992, with his brothers and friends, Jomion founded the world-renowned Gangbé Brass Band. This group combined horns and percussion to rework the traditional rhythms of Benin with a unique jazz touch that moved audiences all over the world. The group toured incessantly, performing in prestigious concert halls and festivals such as WOMAD in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Couleur Café in Brussels, Belgium. In 2007, Samuel Gnonlonfoun took on a new artistic name, “Jomion” and founded a new group with his brothers

Matthew Gnonlonfoun

From the West African nation of Benin, G. Mathieu gnonlonfoun( aka N’kpa) was born into a musical family, and grew up playing the drums, trumpet singing and dancing. At the age of 7 he join the choir. His amazing talents made him to be an active member of a few musical group, some of which includes: Sphinx(high school band 1991), Super Quartz band(1992), Assanka band(1994) Vodoun Brass Band(1998) Djogbe band and Symbiose band. In 2003 he joined the reknown Gangbe Brass Band which he toured with all over the world before ended up with in Jomion and the Uklos in 2007.

Jean-Eudes Gnonlonfoun

From the West African nation of Benin, Jean Eudes Gnonlonfoun was born into a musical family, and grew up drumming, singing, dancing, and playing piano childhood in a choir 2006-2008 Music Director of the music band ” les Kasseurs ” of the International University of Abomey Calavi (BENIN) performed with renown benin artists like Sagbohan Danialou, Nel Oliver, Poly Rythmo …. Jean Eudes Gnonlonfoun currently lives in New York City where he performs with his band, teaches Beninese music, performs at church, offers piano, percussion and voice lessons, and is also fluent in English, French, and the Beninese language of Fon.

Rose Gnonlonfoun

First daughter of Jomion, Rose Gnonlonfoun grew up singing and dancing, especially Agbadja dance (which is from her mother’s country village). She toured mostly nationally with some beninese artists and started her solo career before joining her father’s band.Currently living in New York City where she performs with jomion and the Uklos band.

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