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Yewhe Yeton

Member of the Beninese rap group Diflex and the BIM (Benin International Musical) Collective, Yewhe Yeton has worked tirelessly since 2006 to promote Beninese indigenous heritage through his artistic and cultural work.

Passionate about writing and performing, Yeton has appeared in more than one hundred concerts internationally, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Radio France auditorium in Paris, and the Les Nuits D’Afrique festival in Montreal. With three albums to his credit, including two with Diflex and one with BIM, he is currently working to reunite rap with its African origins in a new musical research project entitled OZO, a layering of indigenous Beninese rhythms, songs and melodies from vodoun convents, as well as those inspired by the banks of the Ouémé River, with hip-hop.

In addition to his career as a performer and composer, Yeton is the founder of ATCHE BINON ART & CULTURE, an organization whose mission is cultural transmission through arts education. Through its projects and initiatives, ATCHE BINON places particular emphasis on combatting inequality, injustice, and issues affecting vulnerable populations. Yeton’s curation of musical and cultural events for the Fulbright-Hays project extends ATCHE BINON ART & CULTURE’S mission into the realm of American secondary and tertiary education for the first time.