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Oremi + We Are One
Angelique Kidjo
Oremi + We Are One
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
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Benin-born Afropop star Angelique Kidjo will rock you, but her music is ultimately a wave of higher consciousness. Oremi ("Friends"), her fifth album, makes the first stop of a projected trilogy in the U.S. and creates a c...  more »


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All Artists: Angelique Kidjo
Title: Oremi + We Are One
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fontana Island
Original Release Date: 1/1/1999
Re-Release Date: 11/24/1998
Album Type: Extra tracks
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Africa, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731452462527, 0731452462527

Benin-born Afropop star Angelique Kidjo will rock you, but her music is ultimately a wave of higher consciousness. Oremi ("Friends"), her fifth album, makes the first stop of a projected trilogy in the U.S. and creates a coalition between the sounds and spirits of Africa and R&B. The set jumps off with a soul-to-soul gesture--Kidjo's powerhouse take on "Voodoo Child," Jimi Hendrix's prescient nod to his origins. Collaborations with Robbie Neville, Cassandra Wilson, Branford Marsalis, and Kelly Price range from stunning to intoxicating, as in Price and Kidjo's "Open Your Eyes" duet. Kidjo scores as strongly solo and never stoops to preach. "Babalao" is this African sage's moving plea for the world's youth, while "Yaki" is her impish cackle at pretension taking a well-deserved pratfall. The album also contains Kidjo's single from the Lion King II soundtrack, "We Are One." --Elena Oumano

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If this doesn't make you a convert, nothing will.
yygsgsdrassil | Crossroads America | 01/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw Kidjo's stage show a few years back here in Emerald City at one of my favorite watering holes/live show venues....the rhythm, the ancestral motif, the techno/hip-hop flavoring, the seductive backgound singers and dancers, Kidjo's ball-of-fire performance....I fell deeply in love with her. Who wouldn't, I ask ya? She's been out for a little while and this album "Oremi", as one of the other reviewers stated, is one that melds the US hip-hop to the African music/World Beat music (I am not sure of the proper term for it, so if you're a description purist, forgive me.) that she generally does...I purchased the CD "Logozo" some years back and lemme tellya, she really shouldn't worry about capturing that US R&B audience--"Logozo" was bumpin'and thumpin' and though it was sung all in her language, I really don't need a translator to feel what she means, dig? This CD "Oremi" quite does the same thing. It is so strong that it will make you a Kidjo fan forever."
Mediocre offering from a usually great artist
James S. Dodds | 03/19/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I adore Kidjo, recorded and in concert. Her previous CD's are among my favorite music of all time - vibrant, unique, melding diverse cultural rhythms and themes while still keeping her essential West African flair. This album, however, seems a too-obvious ploy to capture a Western audience. There are numerous songs in English, which is not bad in itself, except the lyrics are painfully trite. Much of what was elegant jazzy and bluesy strains on her previous work has been replaced by a funk sound that seems to have come straight out of a bad 80's black sitcom; much of the distinct West Africa quality is lacking as well. Do get her earlier work - Fifa, Aye, Logozo, for they are truly brilliant. This, however, is Kidjo light, less filling and less satisfying. Interestingly, this is the only Kidjo album with a monochrome cover. Even her photo - contrite, in Western dress and with her radically shaved head covered, telegraphs surrender. Maybe she's trying to tell us something. I recently copied all my Kidjo CD's to iTunes; well, almost all. I left this one on the shelf."
I LoVe ThIs CD
T. L O'Keefe | Altadena, CA USA | 03/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got turned on to Oremi and after hearing it, hunted until I found FIFA and AYE (thank you The music and beats are infectious and it really doesn't bother me that I can't understand a thing she's saying. Because with a voice that beautiful, it's all about the music. The lyrics I do understand (like Open Your Eyes) are worthy of being sung again and again. Also, compared to the lyrics of a lot of the songs on the radio, I don't mind my 5 yr old daughter singing her way phonetically through this gem of an album. Kelly Price, Branford Marsallis and Cassandra Wilson were pleasant surprises on an already completely satisfying CD."