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On 2010’s Õÿö, the veteran Benin-born singer Angélique Kidjo is joined by a fine backup group — guitarist Lionel Loueke (also a Benin native), drummer Kendrick Scott, bassist Christian McBride, and percussionist Ibrahim “Thiokho” Diagne — along with several guest artists. The opener, “Zelie,” written by the Togolese singer Bella Bellow, features Kidjo’s powerful vocals accompanied by Hendrix-like guitar tones. Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti,” which is nicely rendered in Yoruba, has an effective string arrangement, mellow horns, and a solo by trumpeter Roy Hargrove. The great Curtis Mayfield is represented by “Move On Up,” a track that spotlights appearances by Bono and John Legend. “Lakutshona Llanga” is a lullaby made famous by Miriam Makeba, while “Kelele” injects Highlife into the album’s flow. Diane Reeves comes onboard for “Monfe Ran E,” a version of the Aretha Franklin classic, “Baby I Love You.” Kidjo nods to the Bollywood movies that were popular in Africa on “Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka” which has a Trinidadian vibe. And on “Atcha Houn,” the singer turns to a traditional song from Benin.

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Love It

Been waiting for this to come out for a while now, *whew* finally!!! Beautiful collaborations, beatuiful voice, beautiful cd!!! I love her work.

The best yet

This girl rocks, very good colaboration.


Love it! Love her! She is one amazing lady with a fabulous voice!


Born: July 14, 1960 in Ouidah, Benin

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rhumba, zouk, and makossa are combined through the music of soulful Benin-born, Paris-based vocalist Angélique Kidjo. Since the release of her self-produced debut solo album, Pretty, in 1988, Kidjo has been embraced by the international press. Her albums have been strengthened by contributions from top-notch guest musicians and producers. Parakou, her first internationally distributed album, featured jazz keyboardist Jasper van't Hof, the leader...
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Õÿö (Deluxe Edition), Angélique Kidjo
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Apr 06, 2010

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