Born in Lome, Togo DOGO played in different bands in the Togolese capital before acting as the leader of the band of the University in Lome.
DOGO moved to the United States in 2000 and founded the DC based Afropop/Afrofunk band Elikeh. Known for their high energy live performances and original material, Elikeh released 3 albums and an EP that received rave reviews by The Washington Post, National Public Radio, World Music Central…
Spending more time in his native country nowadays, DOGO went to studio to record his first single “Von Na Agbeto” as a solo artist in preview of a full length album he is working on.
The song is based on Simpa rhythm played in the northern part of Togo by the Tem people, the acoustic song tells the story of an adopted orphan who forgot all about his adoptive family when he became wealthy.
The song is based on the Simpa rhythm played in northern part of Togo by the Tem people. Simpa originated from the Sierra Leone’s Gumbe
(brought by the freed slaves who relocated during the 18th century from Jamaica). Gumbe that traveled to Ghana, mixed
with highlife to create the Ghana Simpa (faster than the one played in Togo). The Ghana Simpa traveled to Togo and
changed due to the influence of the tribes, culture in Togo. The Togolese Simpa usually goes slow and becomes fast at the
end. DOGO decided to keep it slow and acoustic all the way with this song.