13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dr. Maya Angelou famously was an author, poet, professor, and American icon before her death in 2014. But she also released a calypso album in 1957 and wrote songs with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and others. Here, producers RoccStar and Shawn Rivera (who’ve recently worked with Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown) take readings that Angelou recorded over the years and put new hip-hop beats and sounds behind them. Angelou was always a dynamic speaker; her proto-rap/sing-speak style makes for a natural combination with the modern production. The recurring themes of hope and equality leave no question as to whom you're listening to.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dr. Maya Angelou famously was an author, poet, professor, and American icon before her death in 2014. But she also released a calypso album in 1957 and wrote songs with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and others. Here, producers RoccStar and Shawn Rivera (who’ve recently worked with Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown) take readings that Angelou recorded over the years and put new hip-hop beats and sounds behind them. Angelou was always a dynamic speaker; her proto-rap/sing-speak style makes for a natural combination with the modern production. The recurring themes of hope and equality leave no question as to whom you're listening to.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Awesome Album!

xokirbalicious

So amazing to hear Maya Angelou's voice mixed with music, truly beautiful!

Inspiring

nsirotta

Such an inspiring piece of art. One of the most unique releases of the year, without a doubt.

Amazing Collaboration!

PKRich

Hearing Maya Angelou's amazing works in a new way was inspiring. Of course, my favorite is Still I Rise.

About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was known primarily (and deservedly) as a poet and best-selling author, delivering the poem "In the Pulse of the Morning" as part of President Bill Clinton's inauguration ceremonies. She was far less known for her early career as a singer; she herself seldom referred to this facet of her background. In 1957, at the age of 27, she made a recording as a calypso singer, Miss Calypso, which consisted of quite respectable calypso with mild pop and world music influences. Also featuring light guitar, conga, drum, and bongo accompaniment, the album was reissued on CD in 1996. Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86. Her passing brought worldwide reflection on her long presence as one of the most important African-American authors, artists, activists, and educators of her time. ~ Richie Unterberger

HOMETOWN
St. Louis, MO
BORN
April 4, 1928

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